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NMC to clarify ‘implications’ of EU referendum

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council has stated that the referendum decision to leave the European Union will have “no immediate impact” on overseas staff.

But the regulator said it would be seeking a meeting with government ministers in future to understand the “implications” of the referendum outcome for nurses and midwives from EU countries that were currently working in the UK.

In a short statement, NMC chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “We will be working closely with the government and other partners to understand the implications of the UK’s negotiated withdrawal from the European Union on our work.

“However, there will be no immediate impact on either the registration status of EU nurses already on our register, or on the NMC in terms of our role as the UK-wide regulator for nursing and midwifery,” she said.

Meanwhile, the chief nursing officer for England and other senior NHS representatives have issued statements seeking to highlight that health service staff from EU countries are valued and appreciated, in the wake of concerns of an exodus of badly needed workers.

However, unions and employers have issued separate warnings that working hours protections for more than one million NHS staff could be in jeopardy in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

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