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FOI 2023 49 - Hong Kong Employees


Information Requested:

Based on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I write to seek the following information from your office:

1. How many NHS employees are holding Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa in (i) 2021, (ii) 2022, and (iii) 2023 (for 2023, latest figure where possible)?

2. How many Hong Kong BN(O) visa holders were employed in (a) 2021, (b) 2022, and (c) 2023 as
(i) doctors;
(ii) nurses;
(iii) psychologists;
(iv) pharmacists; and 
(v) dentists.

3. How many NHS employees, being employed under health and care worker visas, are originally from Hong Kong in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021,(iv) 2022 and (v) 2023.

Thank you for your kind assistance.


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your recent request dated 7th April 2023.

To protect patient confidentiality, we unable to provide any further breakdown at this time.   Providing the level of data requested may result in releasing sufficient information to enable individuals to be identified. This would be deemed to be unfair processing and would breach the first Data Protection Principle.

Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides an exemption from the right to information if disclosure would contravene the data protection principles.  

We have had 6 individuals on a Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa from 2021 to 2023.

We do not have any employees with Hong Kong BN(O) visas working as doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, or dentists.

We do not have any employees on a health and care worker visa originally from Hong Kong.

It is important to note that Public Health Wales is the public health service for Wales and as such is an independent NHS Trust. This is NOT the same as NHS Wales. As an organisation we have no jurisdiction over the activities of Health Boards and frequently do not have access to the data that they produce.

I have provided contact details for each Health Board below for you to contact.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board

Freedom of information - Powys Teaching Health Board (


If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the Corporate Complaints Manager, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, 3, Number 2, Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner for Wales
2nd Floor
Churchill House
Churchill Way
CF10 2HH

Telephone: 029 2067 8400