Cavendish Coalition calls for workforce safeguards following Article 50

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Cavendish Coalition

A coalition of leading health and social care organisations has responded to the triggering of Article 50 by calling on the government to safeguard the UK’s ability to recruit and retain staff with the skills needed to deliver high-quality health and social care to local communities.

In a letter to the Secretaries of State for the Home Office, Exiting the European Union and Health, the Cavendish Coalition has set out three priority issues the government must focus on during EU withdrawal negotiations:

  • Permanent leave to remain for European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in the health and social care sector.
  • Sufficient transitional arrangements for EEA nationals leave to remain.
  • An immigration system which supports health and social care provision.
The 34-strong group has offered to work with the government to help inform a future immigration system where public service value is used as a key assessment of ‘skill’ as opposed to salary. And one which guarantees the status of EU staff already working in health and care.

“It is absolutely critical that the government takes all possible measures to safeguard the supply of health and social care workers needed to continue delivering safe, high-quality care," Cavendish Coalition co-convener Danny Mortimer said on Wednesday.

The coalition, which includes the NHS Confederation, its networks and country offices and NHS Employers, is a group of organisations working to ensure the system is properly staffed after the UK leaves the EU.

Breaking down Brexit

The coalition forms part of the NHS Confederation’s work to help the NHS make sense of and prepare for the implications of Brexit, and to inform upcoming negotiations. Recent activity include:

  • Convening health and care leaders in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to discuss the unique challenges of exciting the EU in Northern Ireland – a briefing capturing the key talking points is available to download.
  • Launching the Brexit bulletin, keeping senior NHS leaders informed of the latest Brexit news, views and developments.
  • Releasing Brexit means Brexit, but how will it impact the NHS? for senior decision-makers outlining six possible implications.
  • Responding to parliamentary inquiries on behalf of the NHS.
  • Publishing regular comment and analysis on what Brexit means for the health and care sector.
  • Developing a set of FAQs, and other resources, for NHS leaders on leaving the EU.

Find out more

Discover more about the Cavendish Coalition on the NHS Employers website.

View the Cavendish Coalition's full press statement.

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