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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04332: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what percentage of NHS employees in Scotland are (a) UK citizens, (b) EU citizens and (c) from other countries.

Answered by: Shona Robison 10 November 2016

The Scottish Government assures EU and non-EU citizens working in Scotland that we want them here, we value their contribution, and we will be doing everything we can to make sure they can continue with us without detriment.

Information on how many NHS staff are Scottish, non-EU and EU citizens is not held centrally. We have previously estimated on the basis of information from ONS that around 5% of the NHS Scotland workforce are from the rest of the EU. However a SPICE Briefing paper published (via ONS) on 3rd November 2016 ‘EU Nationals living in Scotland’, available at the link below records that the health and social work sector in Scotland employs 12,000 EU nationals, accounting for 3% of total employment in this sector.