Layla Moran

Oxford NHS paying EU staff fees “should never have happened”

Layla Moran has welcomed the news that Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust will pay fees for EU citizens wishing to apply for ‘settled status’ post-Brexit, but has slammed the Government for putting EU citizens’ rights and NHS staffing in Oxfordshire at risk.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has announced that it will pay the fees to apply for settled status for its staff from other EU countries.

Commenting, MP Layla Moran said:

“This is a really positive announcement from the Trust and I thank them for it, but it really beggars belief that the local NHS is having to offer to pay these fees in order to retain vital EU staff. This situation should never have happened in the first place.

“Oxfordshire has one of the highest percentages of staff from other EU countries in the whole of England. By this stage in the Brexit process, the Government should have unilaterally guaranteed all the rights of EU citizens post-Brexit and should be waiving settled status application fees for key workers in our NHS and social care sector.

“We now know that due to the Government’s shambles over scrapping the vote on their Brexit deal, the NHS is now having to implement its no-deal planning and EU citizens living here are worried that they could lose their right to live here if we crash out of the EU in a no-deal scenario.

“Our NHS and EU citizens across Oxfordshire deserve so much better than this shamefully chaotic Government. The decision about whether to continue with this shambles or to provide stability and certainty by staying in the EU should be put back to the people. We need a People’s Vote now.”

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