Thank you for contacting me about foreign nationals working in the NHS.
First of all I would like to pay tribute to the tireless work that doctors and nurses perform, not least of all those who have come from overseas to work for the National Health Service.
I understand concerns regarding the impact of our withdrawal from the European Union on foreign nationals working in the NHS. That is why I welcome the Government's repeated commitment that all EU nationals working in the UK will be able to remain in the country with the same rights as they enjoy today.
EU citizens who currently live and work in the UK are an important part of the economic, cultural and social fabric of our country and their rights needed to be secured. I would also like to see a new, bespoke policy be implemented. We should welcome people from all over the world, but this process must be carefully managed to meet the needs of British society in a spirit of collaboration.
The latest NHS workforce statistics show that, far from the referendum result encouraging EU nationals working in the NHS to leave our country, there are over 4,300 more EU nationals working in the NHS than there were in June 2016. I would also note that the proportion of our NHS workforce made up by EU nationals has risen to 5.6 per cent, up from 3.1 per cent in 2010.