Healthcare workers from the EU make a significant contribution to delivering health services across the UK. Currently, between 7-10% of doctors working in the UK received their primary medical qualification in another EEA (European Economic Area) state.
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We are deeply concerned by the ongoing political uncertainty surrounding the future of EU nationals living and working in the UK, and the risk that the lack of certainty may cause some health professionals to leave the UK, or lead some to decide not to come and work or study in the UK at all.
We believe that the health of those living in the UK will suffer if we lose EU doctors due to Brexit.
In early February 2018, UK and EU negotiators started talks on the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, which will focus on the UK-EU relationship on the two year period after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. Movement to this 'second phase' was achieved on 8 December 2017, following an agreement that 'sufficient progress' had been made on key areas of the Brexit talks, including on citizens’ rights.
In light of recent negotiations, we are reviewing our guidance for EU nationals living and working in the UK. In the meantime, some useful links are below.
The latest government advice for EU nationals living and working in the UK is available on the Gov.uk website.
Advice for BMA members
If you are a BMA member, you are entitled to access our Immigration advice service which provides free, basic immigration advice in connection with your employment or study in the UK.
Find out more about the advice we offer
BMA in Europe
In the aftermatch of the UK's vote to leave the EU, the BMA has reaffirmed it's commitment to working with our European partners and the EU.
See more on the EU referendum result
Did you know in addition to running the free Immigration Advisory Service for our members, BMA Law can provide help and support in drawing up and submitting applications (such as a Permanent Residence Card Application) at discounted rates? Call them for more information on 0300 123 2014.
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