Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence on the EEA-workforce in the UK labour market

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has submitted a response to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence on the EEA-workforce in the UK labour market.

The submission outlines the vital contribution that a truly international anaesthesia workforce plays in supporting the delivery of a sustainable health and social care system in the UK, and stresses the importance of retaining access to an international talent pool, including throughout Europe, at all levels of skills and qualifications. The ability to recruit staff from around the world is vital to addressing shortages in the short to medium term post-Brexit and to promote collaboration in medical innovation and research.

Summary of recommendations in the RCoA response

  • Projections indicate that a shortage of anaesthetists working in NHS hospitals is likely to continue over the coming years, regardless of the Brexit deal.
  • Arrangements to ensure that EEA citizens can continue to work in the UK’s health and social care sector is needed to mitigate the potential severity of staff shortages.
  • A flexible migration model should be considered so that UK healthcare providers can continue to attract talent from outside the UK to enable a planned response to skills shortages and enable continued collaboration between the UK and EU member states.
  • Changes to the legislative framework post-Brexit should incorporate an assessment for eligibility for all doctors to work in the UK. The General Medical Council’s (GMC) proposal for a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) would be an appropriate mechanism to achieve this aim.
  • A new tier in the migration system, with a lower salary threshold than is currently stipulated at the existing Tier 2, should be agreed to ensure that non-clinical staff will not be discouraged from migrating to the UK to contribute to the health and social care workforce.

You can read the full response from the RCoA here.



30 October 2017