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NHS keeps a close eye on Brexit effects

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By Fiona Reid
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NHS keeps a close eye on Brexit effects

BREXIT impacts on NHS Dumfries and Galloway were discussed this week.

Health board officials looked at what the effect has been locally since the UK left the EU.

And they say they will continue to monitor closely the impact.

In terms of workforce, a number of EU staff are employed throughout the organisation and they have been supported through the process of settled status applications.

A report on the matter said: “We have been fortunate that the vast majority of these individuals continue to work for us and we will provide ongoing support to try to mitigate any bureaucratic issues they encounter in the future.”

However, they warned that it is the ability to recruit new employees from EU countries has been ‘severely damaged’.

As a solution, NHS Dumfries and Galloway will be looking to overseas recruitment from non EU countries in those areas where UK workforce is inadequate.

The report added: This is unlikely to offer equivalent recruitment opportunities in the short term and workforce gaps may continue to be one of the board’s highest risks.”

Meanwhile, work has been ongoing to ensure supply chains are not too disrupted and officials are working closely with National Services Scotland to mitigate risks to deliveries of key product lines.

The report continued: “It is anticipated that this will be a relatively short term problem but that resolution will come through higher prices paid to offset additional bureaucratic and logistical costs.

“Similarly, we have experienced some issues with rapid deliveries of spare parts for key equipment. Again, this can be mitigated by additional stock holding but with associated increased cost.”

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