Lodon – Responding to the London Assembly Health Committee Directive calling on the Mayor of London to discuss whether the Government could provide a sector-specific guarantee for the rights of EU healthcare workers, RCN London Operational Manager Jude Diggins, said:
‘London’s health settings employ double the national average of EU nursing staff and a third of all EU nurses in the country live and work in the capital. Without them, and In the face of an abject failure by the government to train enough home-grown nurses, many care services would simply cease to function.
‘EU colleagues who have given so much to our health service deserve to be given definitive security about their right to remain – the vital health services that rely on their skills need to know if their staff have permission to stay in London.
‘In its negotiations the government must seriously and with urgency put the right to remain for EU healthcare workers front and centre and move fast to guarantee the rights of EU nurses who arrive during the transition period.
‘The 7,000 EU nurses who work in the capital are living proof that a career in nursing In London remains exciting and rewarding. The government must ensure this remains the case by making it loud and clear that nurses from the EU are welcome.’
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the voice of nursing across the UK and is the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world. The RCN promotes their interests and those of their patients on a wide range of issues; helps shape healthcare policy and promotes excellence in practice. The RCN London region has 60,000 members.