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West Suffolk Hospital Foundation Trust, in Bury St Edmunds, prepares for Brexit

West Suffolk Hospital is planning to help its European staff who wish to gain ‘settled’ status post-Brexit.

The trust’s board discussed the initiative on Friday, after identifying 240 staff are Eurpean Economic Area workers, while a further 406 staff are of ‘unknown origin’.

An EU exit impact assessment and contingency planning report presented to the board proposes the trust funds EU Settlement Scheme application fees, with the move expected to cost about £30,000.

West Suffolk Hospital Bury St EdmundsPicture Mark Westley (5832707)
West Suffolk Hospital Bury St EdmundsPicture Mark Westley (5832707)

The hospital’s HR team will also develop a support package for staff considering seeking settled status.

Jan Bloomfield, director of workforce and communications, said: “We are aware of the possible outcomes Brexit may have on our workforce and trust as a whole and are working jointly as a health system to discuss how we can plan and adapt to any issues that Brexit may bring. Staff retention is a priority.

“Our staff from the European Economic Area do superb work and are an important asset to our trust. We are supporting all of our staff who would like to access the EU Settlement Scheme to apply for settled status as per national guidance and are reimbursing their application fees.”

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