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EU uncertainty demoralising NHS staff, warns BMA

Mark Porter, the chair of British Medical Association (BMA) council has warned that the ongoing uncertainty over the UK leaving the European Union creates ‘serious instability’ for the National Health Service (NHS) and its staff.

The Medical Students and European doctors in the UK are ‘scared and anxious’ over their future status. It is a reality that threatens to demoralise health service staff as a whole.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Health Forum, Dr Mark said the addressing risks posed by Brexit to EU staff was vital to safeguarding the NHS workforce.

He said most of the medical staffs are quite frightened and worried at the moment about whether they have a welcome place in this country or they will literally be banished from this country when the Government achieves its self-sufficiency in doctors policy.

Currently, Medical Students are in the middle of their courses and doubting about whether they’re even going to be allowed to finish those courses by working in the NHS, he added.

In the Conference, Dr Mark also underlined other areas distressing the NHS workforce that required to be arranged. These include:

  • Ending ‘perverse incentives’ against weekend work, such as relatively higher pay rates for weekday elective working.
  • Practical debate over seven-day services
  • The issue of locum cover, which accounts for about £3bn a year across the NHS.

He said a lot of this request is being driven by a lack of appropriate increases in permanent staff.

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