Health and care leaders across Suffolk and North East Essex are reassuring employees who originate from outside the UK and who work in local NHS, local authority and voluntary organisations, that their contribution to services is strongly valued.
They are urging colleagues, who may be concerned about their future within Britain, to remain in the UK and to continue to work in services that support communities and local people.
Nick Hulme, the Lead for the shadow Integrated Care System and Chief Executive of the East Suffolk and North Essex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, said: “Since the Brexit vote two years ago, many people who originate outside the UK have been anxious about the future and perhaps have felt that they are not welcome to work here. This is certainly not the case.
“Where ever you sit about your views on Brexit, the one thing we absolutely know is that we simply could not run health and social care services or indeed the voluntary sectors without the support from our colleagues from Europe. I want to be very clear as a key employer, employing over 10,000 people in the local system but also as leading the STP that we welcome your contribution.
“We encourage you to stay, we want you to continue to give the best you can for local people and we will continue to support you to do that. Please recognise the important contribution you make.”
Dr Stephen Dunn, Chief Executive of the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “There’s a great deal of uncertainty for people working in public services and voluntary services with respect to Brexit. As a public sector leader and employer we really do value the work that you do for our communities. We want you to stay after Brexit and we want you to feel appreciated and valued – because you are.
“We are due to leave the EU at the end of March. When we do, you will be able to apply for either settled or pre-settled status. We would strongly encourage you to apply, remain and to continue to work in the NHS, public sector or voluntary organisations within Suffolk and North East Essex.”