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
(iv) pharmacists; and
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.
Thank you for your recent request dated 7th April 2023.
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 (nhs.wales)
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Information Commissioner for Wales
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