Medical experts have said that NHS patients will be put at risk if doctors from European countries leave the UK.

Some doctors have already departed following the EU referendum, while others are uncertain as to what their future holds.

Theresa May refuses to make any guarantees, despite medical experts urging her to safeguard the position of European staff.

In a letter to The Times, the Federation of Specialist Hospitals warns of the potential consequences of an ‘EU exodus’.

Chief executives from hospitals such as the Royal Brompton, Papworth and the Walton Centre say that in some specialist hospitals a quarter of doctors are from the EU.

Their skills are so rare that they cannot be replaced by British counterparts, putting NHS patients at risk.

The letter reads: “Our ability to provide exceptional care to patients hinges on recruiting and retaining the best clinical talent from the UK and further afield.”

“Crucially, this includes the European Union, where up to a quarter of doctors in a given specialist hospital trust may come from other member states, with even higher proportions for some clinical teams.”

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