Responding to the latest Brexit developments, Danny Mortimer, chief executive NHS Employers and co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition, said:
"The Government has made it clear that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, free movement will halt. In that unwelcome scenario, we cautiously welcome the ‘no deal’ guidance, outlining provisions for EU colleagues coming to the UK after 29 March this year.
"The confirmation that EU citizens can apply to work in the UK for three years in the first instance provides some clarity for workers and employers in health and social care, as we continue to rely on talented colleagues from outside the UK to provide care to our patients and communities.
"Any process for securing the right to work must, however, be easy to navigate for all parties, and the Government must dramatically improve upon its white paper on immigration. There are also unanswered questions on costs and the rights of individuals, which must be clarified quickly, in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal.”