Would you like to let the European doctors and nurses who work in our NHS know that the Brexit referendum is no reflection of our appreciation for their livesaving work?
An Assembly Member is launching a campaign to send a powerful thank you message to all migrants working in the NHS.
Mid and West Wales AM Eluned Morgan, a former Labour MEP, said our health services are dependent on the expertise and goodwill of all the staff in our hospitals.
And she wants to ensure everyone working in our health services understands that we appreciate them.
Ms Morgan, who sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Morgan of Ely, has visited hospitals in West Wales handing out Diolch/Thanks cards for patients to fill in and hand to EU medical staff.
She said patients grasped her intention immediately, irrespective of how they had voted in the June 23 referendum.
And she is now urging people across Wales to print out their own cards, you’ll find a printable pdf version here
, and to take them when they next visit a hospital.
Ms Morgan has written this article to explains the reasons for her campaign
— Labour Senedd (@LabourSenedd) July 13, 2016
It will take years for us to deal with the fall out of BREXIT, but there is one aspect of the result that cannot wait for new laws or agreements to be put in place.
That is the reassurance following the vote, that we need to give to the thousands of people who come from the EU and elsewhere overseas to work in our NHS.
Over the summer I will be asking the public across Wales to support me in a campaign to ensure that our doctors, nurses, health professionals and care workers from the EU or overseas feel welcome by saying thank you to them.
The response to this campaign which I started in Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen was incredible.
All patients grasped immediately, irrespective of the way they had voted, that these expert professionals need to be supported and made to feel at home.
— Eluned Morgan (@Eluned_Morgan) July 13, 2016
Several EU doctors have told me that they feel slightly less welcome since the vote and so it is essential that we, the public take time to reassure them, and make them understand that we do appreciate all that they do for us.
We also need to ensure that we explain this carefully to the hundreds of thousands in Wales who did have concerns about immigration.
More than 4,500 doctors and nurses from outside of the UK support the delivery of NHS services across Wales.
One of the biggest challenges the NHS faces, especially in rural areas like Mid and West Wales, is attracting staff.
We also have a recruitment problem in specific specialist areas. We need the experts already here to stay. We need more skilled health workers to come.
The success of the services in our hospitals is utterly dependent on their expertise, as well as on the expertise of British staff.
At Glangwili hospital two radiologists, one from Germany and another from Spain were delighted with the campaign and expressed their thanks to the campaigners. Please join with me in the campaign.
Show your appreciation to our health professionals from overseas and make them feel welcome by cutting out the slip showing your support, signing it and handing it to them.
You are welcome also to tweet your thanks #diolchdoc or post your comment on Facebook.com/ElunedMorganAM