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EU nationals currently comprise around 4.95 percent of the staff in NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, and 5 percent of the social care workforce. Presently, there has been no change to the status of these staff, or their right to remain in the UK. However, a number of health organisations have called for explicit assurances that existing healthcare staff from the European Union will be able to stay in the country in the future, and that the UK healthcare and social care sectors will continue to be able to recruit staff from the EU. The new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has stated her desire to “guarantee the position” of both EU migrants in the UK and UK migrants in other EU countries, but said that no issue should be taken off the table prior to the commencement of negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and EU.


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