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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01142: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 29 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on the number and country of origin of NHS staff from other EU member states in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 July 2016

Under this government we currently have the highest NHS staffing levels ever, and we greatly value the significant contribution made to our health service by our dedicated NHS workforce – including those doctors, nurses and other staff from EU countries who care for us daily.

As members of the EU, free movement of staff has not required us to hold information on numbers of EU citizens working within NHSScotland. However, on the basis of information from the Office of National Statistics, it is estimated that EU citizens account for approximately five per cent of the NHSScotland workforce.

The Scottish Government assures EU citizens working in Scotland that we want them here, we value their contribution, and we will be doing everything we can to make sure they can continue with us without detriment.