Earlier this month we asked for your opinion regarding the upcoming EU referendum and how you thought it might affect the health and social care sector.

More than two-hundred of you responded to our questionnaire providing us with strong insight into your feelings about a possible exit from the European Union. We’ve collated the results below and given a balanced snapshot of opinion based on your feedback.

Question 1 – Do you think leaving the EU will jeopardise jobs in the UK?

Nearly half of respondents (44.7%) thought leaving the EU would be detrimental to the UK job market, whereas 35.9% felt that a “Brexit” would not affect employment.

Almost twenty percent (19.4%) of people were unsure what the referendum would mean for jobs in the UK. This is supported in the additional comments section by a number of respondents who felt that there had been insufficient communication from the government and media sources in providing a balanced view of both sides of the argument.

Question 2 – Do you think the NHS would be better or worse off out of the EU?

There has been a lot of talk in the news recently about the NHS – particularly in relation to the agency spending caps and the Junior Doctor’s contract negotiations.

Results are fairly standard across the board with a slight majority believing the health service will be worse off out of the EU.

Question 3 – Do you think local authorities would be better or worse off out of the EU?

42.2% of respondents felt that local authorities would be worse off outside the European Union, in contrast to 29.4% who thought better off and 28.4% who felt there would be no difference.

It could be argued that the free-movement of qualified social work professionals from the EU has influenced the vote here. One respondent commented:

“There is an acute recruitment issue with Social Care and Health. We are very reliant of staff who have recently arrived in the UK. If immigration was to be restricted that recruitment crisis would become catastrophic for social care agencies.”

Question 4 – Do you think Britain should remain or leave the EU?

Over half (54.1%) of the respondents felt that Britain should remain in the EU. Almost a third (29.3%) felt that it’s time to leave with 16.6% still unsure what to vote for.

See a selection of comments below for an indication as to why nearly twice as many people think that the UK should remain in EU as opposed to a Brexit.

Question 5 – Additional comments

Opinion to remain in the EU included:

“The EU helps to raise the living standards of citizens, poverty reduction, peace keeping and many other areas thus it is important to remain in the EU.”

“We shouldn’t even be having this referendum. The money and time being spent on it could have been better used by investing in social care, local authorities where budget cuts are being made and to the NHS. Anyway, now that we are here, I hope we shall all vote to remain in the EU.”

“I fear leaving will affect the economy generally, hence even further cuts to public services, which would make it impossible.”

“I would rather we were sat around the table influencing policies and priorities rather than still pretending we are able to go it alone.”

“I believe most of those who come make a positive contribution to the economy and hence give more than they take away.”

“I am an EU national and may have to leave if the UK steps out.”

Of those, some felt that the free-movement of qualified professionals would be of detriment if Britain left the EU:

“Due to the present free movement of workers in the EU, the NHS would be worse off out of the EU as it would be so much harder to recruit the much needed Doctors and Nurses into the NHS from abroad.”

“There is an acute recruitment issue with Social Care and Health. We are very reliant of staff who have recently arrived in the UK. If immigration was to be restricted that recruitment crisis would become catastrophic for social care agencies.”

“Leaving the EU would be detrimental to the employment force of the UK and have a direct impact on social care workers and professionals in the caring professions.”

“The direct implications for the recruitment of children’s social workers would be very worrying. The service currently has the benefit of free movement and entry from other European countries.”

Others felt that we it was time for Brexit:

“We should never have joined in the first place. In my view it has caused irreparable damage to the UK. The sooner we get out the better.”

“The £50 million per day we give to the EU would be better spent on health and social care in the UK.”

“Mass immigration limits resources for the poor and working class of the UK. Only big business benefits from EU.”

“I’m sure various issues like TTIP are drawing me toward a ‘leave’ vote.”

“We have no control over laws or practice. The Euro-zone is a capitalist big business oriented place where we have no say in how the NHS is being sold – current TTP euro laws going through will make NHS trusts unable to prevent parts of NHS being sold off.”

Not forgetting the majority of those who commented, suggesting that we need more information:

“We need clear information and informed debate.”

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