For the first time since Brexit campaigners’ shock win last year hard facts are coming to light about the impact being felt by the NHS as EU nationals reevaluate their position in the UK.
Thanks to figures compiled by NHS Digital we now know that almost 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS already in the 12 months leading up to June of this year. The exact figure is 9,832 and is made up of doctors, nurses and support staff.
Here’s how the figures break down for 12 months leading to June, 2017:
- 9,832 NHS staff quit
- 3,885 were nurses
- 1,794 were doctors
- This represents an increase of 22% on the 12 months leading to June, 2016.
- It also represents an increase of 42% on the 12 months leading to June, 2015.
The NHS is already facing a struggle of mammoth proportions to keep hold of vital nurses and doctors. These figures will do little to quell existing anger and disappointment over the predicted waiting lists patients will be expected to face this winter.
The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents roughly 170,000 doctors, has discovered similar findings. It has revealed that:
- 1 out of 4 EU doctors are thinking of leaving
- 25% of EU doctors are unsure of their position in the UK
The BMA has commented: “More than a year has passed since the referendum yet the government has failed to produce any detail on what the future holds for EU citizens and their families living in the UK.”
“Theresa May needs to end the uncertainty and grant EEA (European Economic Area) doctors working in the NHS permanent residence, rather than using them as political pawns in negotiations.”