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.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement published in November 2018 focuses on the UK-EU relationship after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. The Agreement is now subject to approval by the UK Parliament and various EU institutions.
In light of recent negotiations, including what will happen in a no-deal Brexit, we are reviewing our guidance for EU nationals living and working in the UK. In the meantime, some useful links are below.
EU settlement scheme
The UK Government has developed a scheme, called the ‘settled status’ scheme, for EU nationals to apply for residence in the UK after Brexit.
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
BMA Immigration Advice Service
Did you know as a member you are entitled to access our Immigration Advice Service which provides free, basic immigration advice in connection with your employment and/or study in the UK. Call one of our advisers on 0300 123 1233.
Find out more about the BMA Immigration Advice Service