A fifth of doctors from the European Economic Area working in Britain are making plans to leave the UK, a survey by the British Medical Association released today (Tuesday) makes clear. The survey also shows nearly half (45%) of EEA doctors are considering leaving the UK following the Brexit vote.
It comes after figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council have shown that the number of EU nurses coming to work in Britain fell by 96% in the months following the referendum.
Commenting, Darren Jones MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“The British people were told last year that Brexit would boost the NHS by £350 million a week. Now the evidence is piling up that it will break it instead. We have already seen the number of nurses from the EU coming to Britain fall by 96 per cent since the referendum, and now it is clear European doctors are making plans to leave too.
“Hospitals and GPs surgeries are already facing staff shortages as the NHS approaches a difficult winter. We all depend on the brilliant work done by doctors, nurses and other staff who come from the EU. There is no chance that we could replace their expertise if they continue to leave the UK.
“To prevent the catastrophe of a Brexodus of NHS workers, the Government must immediately and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living and working in Britain, and make clear that our immigration system will remain welcoming in future.”
Notes to editors:
The Nursing and Midwifery Council figures are reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/12/96-drop-in-eu-nurses-registering-to-work-in-britain-since-brexit-vote