First Minister Carwyn Jones has condemned the UK Health Secretary's plan to reduce the NHS's reliance on foreign doctors. Despite the current shortage, Jeremy Hunt is due to tell the Conservative party conference this afternoon that by training more doctors in Britain, it will be possible to recruit fewer from overseas.
The Tories have said today that foreign doctors and NHS staff are only welcome here whilst they are needed. I say they are welcome – full stop. We are talking about valued members of our communities, and they are valued staff in our NHS. More than that, they’re real people with real families. Talking about them as though they are some sort of commodity is in an insult to them, and the brilliant work they do every day in our NHS.
In remarks ahead of his speech, Mr Hunt suggested that there would be less need to recruit EU doctors in future. He also questioned the morality of bringing in doctors from developing countries.
Currently a quarter of our doctors come from overseas. They do a fantastic job and we have been clear that we want EU nationals who are already here to be able to stay post-Brexit.
But is it right to import doctors from poorer countries that need them whilst turning away bright home graduates desperate to study medicine?
As Theresa May attacks the Welsh Government's running of the NHS, Carwyn Jones accuses the Tories of "gutter politics" on immigration.
The Prime Minister has told ITV Cymru Wales that she will fully engage with the Welsh Government over Brexit negotiations.
The Treasury has agreed to take on the cost of EU aid spending approved by the Welsh Government in the period between Brexit and 2020.