It doesn’t give health and social care providers much time to react – and react they must.
All the talk currently is on whether a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ model will be negotiated but, regardless of which is chosen, Brexit will have profound implications for health and social care provision in the UK.
Last year Non-UK Europeans made up 62,000 – or 6% of the workforce – working in the NHS, and 95,000 – or 7% – in adult social care. This is a sizable proportion of the NHS and social care workforce.
Gaining more control over migration and preventing the free movement of labour has been one of the key tenets of Brexit under the Conservative Government. Later this year, an Immigration Bill will be introduced, effectively ending 47 years of free movement of people between Europe and the UK and establishing a new migration system designed to keep people out.