An article from the BBC today highlights concerns from the Royal College of GPs that failure to protect the working and residential rights of EU medical staff could lead to the loss of up to 220 GPs across Scotland. They are calling for all political parties to guarantee the status of healthcare workers from the EU who are already working here.
Then Scottish Government has repeatedly reiterated its commitment to protecting the status of EU workers and residents in Scotland - but at present the levers of such power are retained in Westminster. There are growing fears, as talk of a hard Brexit loom, that these workers and residents status will be used as a bargaining chip against the status of the large number of British ex-pats on the continent.
The loss of 220 GPs across Scotland would have grave consequences to patient safety - and would represent a 4% loss of workforce, affecting up to 220,000 patients.
Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP had led praise for those EU and EEA nationals who have chosen to live and work in Scotland by recognising that 'The contribution of EU and EEA nationals cannot be overestimated'.
The full article is available here