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COVID-19 and the contribution of health and care staff from overseas

The pandemic has again highlighted the crucial role that EU and international staff play in UK health and social care services. Our colleagues who come to the UK from across the world must be and feel valued.

The RCP has long understood that medicine and the NHS are part of a global family, and the value that people from other parts of the world bring to our health and care services. One in four of our hospital staff were born outside the UK, so we simply wouldn’t have the NHS we do without immigration.

The RCP also recognises that the UK needs to take an ethical approach to overseas recruitment, which is why we are strong advocates for the expansion of the Medical Training Initiative. As we benefit from doctors who come to the UK to train, we want their home countries to benefit from their training.

What we have done

Through our work we aim to make the UK more inviting and accessible to physicians as a place to learn, train and practise. That’s why we:

Alongside our partners and others, we have successfully lobbied for

What we are doing

In light of the importance of staff from overseas in the UK’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now calling on the government for a new deal for international staff working in the NHS and social care:

If you want to know more, please feel free to contact us via policy@rcplondon.ac.uk.