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Brexit: make or break for the NHS?

With the NHS reliant on EU nurses, Brexit plans must cover all areas of healthcare
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With the NHS reliant on nurses from abroad, Brexit plans must cover all areas of healthcare

With less than 100 days to go before Brexit, ministers claim plans are in place to ensure the health and care systems can recruit and retain enough staff.

Early on in the process, the government promised that people from European Union (EU) countries already living in the UK would be entitled to stay under the ‘settled status’ policy.

Then, before Christmas, the government unveiled an immigration white paper, which proposed a new route to allow skilled workers to be recruited on five-year visas. There is also provision to allow less skilled workers in for a year.

41,722

Number of nurse vacancies in NHS at the end of June 2018 in England

Home secretary Sajid Javid said it would ensure the

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