EU staff will have their qualifications and registration recognised in the UK, in the event of a Brexit no-deal, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today.
However, the new legislation from the Department of Health and Social Care does not address the proposed £30,000 pay threshold that has been proposed as part of the UK’s future no-deal immigration system and which is expected to become legislation in the early part of 2021.
The changes will mean that some 167, 000 health and social care workers with professional qualifications from EU institutions can continue to practise in the UK as they do now whatever the outcome of the ongoing EU withdrawal negotiations.
Employment contracts will not need to be changed if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and staff won’t have to re-apply for their current positions after exit day.
The Government is also encouraging EU workers to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme that re-opened on the 30 March.
The scheme is now free and those who have lived in the UK for five years or longer can apply for ‘settled status’, whilst those who have lived in the UK for under five years will apply for ‘pre-settled status’.
The health and care secretary has also reassured EU staff who wish to register in the UK after EU exit day that the UK will continue to recognise EU care qualifications. Staff should contact the relevant professional regulator for more information