Search

How dependent are parts of Barking and Dagenham’s hospital trust on EU staff?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 25 October 2018

Around 8.4pc members of staff working at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust are from the EU. Picture: PA

Around 8.4pc members of staff working at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust are from the EU. Picture: PA

PA Wire/PA Images

More than one in 10 midwives working at Barking and Dagenham’s hospital trust are EU nationals, figures show.

Data compiled by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) from NHS Digital data revealed that out of the 6,393 members of staff working at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital Trust (BHRUT), 534 members of staff are from the EU, an equivalent of 8.4 per cent of the work force.

The BIJ also looked at a breakdown of the staff roles, for example 13.2pc of nurses and health visitors working at BHRUT are from the EU.

Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way, has a large maternity ward with more than 8,000 babies delivered a year, and according to the data, 14.1pc of midwives at BHRUT are from the EU.

With Brexit on the horizon these figures might affect future recruitment from EU countries and staff retention.

Jason Seez, director of strategy and infrastructure at BHRUT said: “We are working on the understanding from government that our valued workforce of staff from across the European Union will have all their rights to live and work here maintained.

“The centre of our workforce strategy is to continue to ‘grow our own’ teams from our local community, and we have low numbers of EU staff compared with some other trusts, so we are confident the direct impacts will be minimal. However there might be broader issues across London which could impact us, if all the trusts are in competition for a smaller workforce.

“We continue to explore all the potential impacts from Brexit and to make plans accordingly.”

Following the Brexit referendum in 2016, out of 73,880 votes, 62.4pc voted to leave and just 37.6pc voted to remain in the EU.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham said: “I think we can assume that Brexit will have an initial impact on staff across many industries and public services.

“However it would be inaccurate to suggest that the 534 members of staff from the EU currently working in our local NHS services are going to be struck off at 11.01pm on March 29, 2019.

“Whilst I have little faith in the government to deliver a plan that works, I have faith that the NHS can effectively manage its staff, and that the opposition will effectively lobby government to ensure that the final transition period has as little negative impact as possible.”

In response to the data collated by the BIJ, a department for health spokesman said the number of EU nationals working in the NHS had increased since the referendum.

He said the “NHS is preparing for all situations”, but stressed that EU staff in the NHS “will be among the first to be able to secure their settled status”.

BHRUT has been contacted for comment.

For more information, visit The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

Coasters could have been several goals up before Daggers drew level

Yesterday, 14:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

Yesterday, 16:00

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £30,000 after converting a family home in Barking into flats.

Yesterday, 14:09

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez have arrested a fifth person.

Yesterday, 13:00

Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas was pleased to get back to winning ways as his side sealed a 2-1 win against Soham Town Rangers.

Yesterday, 12:00

May & Baker captain Richard Oxby says the whole team was pleased to seal their progress into the quarter-finals of the First Division Knockout Cup with a comfortable 6-1 victory against Lopes Tavares.

Yesterday, 11:59

Students and staff at Barking’s Technical Skills Academy raised nearly £1,000 for Children in Need.

Yesterday, 10:00

Gale Street side won 27-12 away from home on Saturday

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now