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NHS must make EU staff feel 'valued', says Keogh


The NHS’s most senior doctor, Sir Bruce Keogh, has called on NHS leaders to send out a message to European staff working in the health service that they are valued and welcome in the wake of Friday’s vote for the UK to leave the EU.

Speaking to Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal on Friday morning, the NHS England medical director said it was important the 55,000 EU nurses and doctors working in the NHS were supported.

He said: “It is really important we make them feel welcome. If you are a European doctor or nurse you might not feel too welcome at the moment.

“The essence of delivering high quality care is dependent on a workforce that feels valued and secure.”

His message has been echoed by other NHS leaders. Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers said: “The NHS has always needed to supplement UK trained staff with people from across the globe.

“Leaders across the NHS need to let the EU nationals in their teams know how valued this contribution will continue to be.”

He added: “Politicians for their part need to make clear their commitment to the continued contribution of these valued colleagues to our health and care services.”



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  • michael stone

    Thursday's vote, surely ?

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  • They did already. Yesterday they all asked me during the handover how did I vote. When I said 'remain', they happily admitted " you're the first! We've allvoted to leave". I'm off to Scotland.

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  • how about letting british staff know they are valued and secure as well?

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  • This response is just making the frontline angrier. The point of voting Brexit was essentially with being fed up with being told what to do. This response by Keogh undermines the lack of confidence and lies by the establishment. We're Fed up with rubbish NHS Management and they're all getting worried & so they should be. NHS globalist senior management selling out to America are notorious for treating staff bad your time is coming too late now. Let's hope we.get confidence NHS senior management. It's time to identify NHS ceos selling out to American ideas and approaches & privatisation.

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  • I would like to feel valued and wanted. I am British so can Bruce tell me where I need to go to work?

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  • what about British nurses and non EU nurses they should be vlaued too.

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