RCoA response to Health Committee Report on Brexit and Health and Social Care

In response to the Health Committee Report on Brexit and Health and Social Care, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said:

“Ongoing confusion and uncertainty caused by the failure to guarantee the status of overseas staff post-Brexit is putting the future of patient care at risk.

“High quality patient care within the NHS relies on the contribution of highly trained staff from the UK, Europe, and around the world.

“With a projected shortfall of one-third in the number of anaesthetists and intensivists by 2033, there are already concerns about the ability of the NHS to continue to deliver quality care in the long-term even without the potentially damaging impact of Brexit.

“The Royal College of Anaesthetists believes that unless all parties commit to welcoming talented and trained staff from around the world and ensuring the rights of those already here, the NHS workforce risks being stretched beyond breaking point.

“Negotiations with EU leaders need to put health and social care front-and-centre to ensure the NHS can continue to be a world-class health system with a world-class staff.”

28 April 2017

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