Date lodged: 22 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what the impact has been on the NHS workforce in Scotland of concerns regarding immigration policy following Brexit.
Answered by: Shona Robison 29 November 2017
Scotland’s health workforce benefits enormously from the contribution made by staff from across the European Union. The Scottish Government has been absolutely clear about the need to safeguard our NHS, and we have consistently signalled our desire to retain membership of the Single Market, including the free movement of people.
I have met with NHS staff from the EU, who have told me directly of colleagues who are leaving the service. The Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association have also issued clear warnings that some EU staff are choosing to leave.
EU citizens rightly remain anxious. We continue to press the UK Government to safeguard citizens’ rights in full. The Scottish Government will do all it can to protect our NHS and the interests of EU nationals working in our public services.