NHS Bed Closure Plans - Impact of Brexit

MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Due to unprecedented level of demand in London on the NHS, bed closure plans have been dropped but a staffing crisis is looming after Brexit. EU nationals make up 11.2 % of NHS workforce in London and 13% social care posts. Since the Brexit referendum numbers of EU nurses joining the NHS register has fallen some 87%. What role can the Mayor play to avert this real crisis situation?


Answer for NHS Bed Closure Plans - Impact of Brexit
NHS Bed Closure Plans - Impact of Brexit

NHS Bed Closure Plans - Impact of Brexit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Planning for Brexit is a matter for leadership by national government.

I remain concerned about the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on the capital and have asked the London Resilience Forum to assess the risks to the capital.

In terms of health and social care staff, Health Education England and the London Workforce Board are developing a London Brexit Dashboard to monitor the situation, and are working with London’s NHS trusts on mitigation measures for a range of potential Brexit scenarios.

Many trusts across London have confirmed they will reimburse EU staff applying for settled status to live in the UK after Brexit.