There is no doubt that the decision over whether to stay in or leave the EU will have an impact on the NHS and ultimately GP jobs.
Here is a summary of reasons to stay in and also the counter argument to leave.
Reasons to stay in the EU:
- Jeremy Hunt has said the NHS would face further budget cuts and skills gaps if we leave the EU.
- 55,000 immigrants from the EU work in the NHS, providing services in the UK.
- The European labour market is key to staffing the NHS.
Reasons to leave the EU:
- Millions of pounds could be freed up for the NHS.
- Open door immigration means the NHS can’t know how many patients they will have tomorrow, let alone next year.
- The Working Time Directive prevents many hospitals from calling in staff to cover absence.
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Read Prospect Health’s original blog post: In or out of the EU? What’s best for GPs. the NHS and how will you vote?