Health Secretary announces EU workers’ registration will be recognised after Brexit

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has said that recognition of qualifications and registrations of EU workers is possible after Brexit. Changes via legislation introduced by the Department of Health and Social Care will mean health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU institutions can continue to work in the NHS and social care sector in Britain. It also means the regulatory bodies who oversee the health and social care sectors would automatically accept the training and experience of EU staff who qualified in the EU.

Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, said:

“My priority is to make sure high standards are maintained across the healthcare system and patients continue to receive the high-quality care they deserve – this legislation helps ensure that will continue to be the case.”

Many have argued that this statement has taken too long, with Martin Green, Chief Executive at Care England stating that “it seems incomprehensible that two and a half years after the referendum the government is only now issuing these assurances a few days before Brexit.”

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