We must keep health workers

A survey of EU doctors by the British Medical Association has found that more than four in 10 are considering leaving the UK in light of the referendum result.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:58 am

At a time when the NHS is struggling to cope with rising demand and staff shortages, this would be catastrophic.

With almost a third of GP practices in the North East unable to fill vacancies in the past year, and hospitals experiencing one of the worst winters on record, we cannot afford to lose any more doctors. It’s not just about the numbers, it’s about losing the experience and expertise that these doctors bring, which is invaluable for both immediate and future patient care.

To ensure long-term stability for the NHS, the Government must act now. If, like me, you don’t want to lose any of the valued and highly-skilled EU doctors that work in the UK, please contact your MP and urge them to call for Theresa May to grant permanent residence to all medical professionals and NHS staff.

Dr George Rae

BMA North East Regional Council Chairman