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To Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health) and Dominic Raab (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), and Theresa May

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The NHS relies on staff from EU countries. They’re our doctors, nurses, receptionists and other staff who keep the NHS going.

For the sake of our NHS, please guarantee the rights of EU staff to continue living in the UK right now.

Why is this important?

Nearly 55,000 of the 1.2 million staff in the English NHS are citizens of other EU countries. They carry out a range of vital roles including doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, support workers and administrative staff. They are the backbone of our NHS.

We can’t afford for the people who care for us and our families to be used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. For the sake of our NHS, the government needs to guarantee their right to stay. And they need to do so now before any of our doctors and nurses leave.

Please add your name to the petition now.