Recently, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care Mark Hancock outlined the Government’s plan to protect the rights of EU nationals working in the health and social care sectors after Brexit. He also stressed that professional qualifications from EEA and Swiss institutions will continue to be recognised in the UK and advised against local medicine stockpiling.
EU Settlement Scheme
EU citizens who live in the UK are encouraged to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to secure either ‘settled status’ for those that have been in the UK for over five years or ‘pre-settled status’ for those with fewer than five years in the UK. While this doesn’t apply to Irish citizens, non-Irish family members of Irish citizens will need to apply.
For EU nationals who paid an application fee during the testing phase, you will receive a refund by 20 April 2019, otherwise please contact the EU Settlement Resolution Centre on 0300 123 7379.
Recognition of professional qualifications
On 7 March 2019, legislation was put in place that ensures the continued recognition of European qualifications by all professional regulators covering the health and social care sectors including the General Medical Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. This means EU staff can continue to practise in the UK and those qualified in the EEA and Swiss institutions can continue to apply for registration, even if we leave without a deal.
Medicines and prescribing
Providers have been asked not to stockpile additional medicines beyond their usual business levels. The necessary stockpiling is being carried out by pharmaceutical companies and should not be carried out by individual providers or patients themselves, as any eager attempt to stockpile could further contribute to a shortage.
The Department of Health & Social Care is working with trade bodies, product suppliers and other key partners to ensure the continued supply of medicines and medical products in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
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