Head of health at KPMG in the UK comments on May's speech.
Commenting on Theresa May’s Brexit speech last week, Jason Parker, Head of Health for KPMG UK, said: “Any Brexit deal that places limits on the free movement of people represents a very serious threat to staffing across health and social care in the UK. It is reasonable to expect that London, with the highest proportion of EU nationals working in the NHS, would be the hardest hit. Theresa May has promised that “we will be the ones to decide who gets to come here and when”, and so I would hope that the Government facilitates an agreement to enable skilled healthcare professionals from the EU to move more freely to the UK.
“Employers and policy makers in health and social care will be keen to track the flows of EU staff wanting to work in the UK, to assess the potential impact.”
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