UK sees over 90 per cent drop in EU nurses since Brexit
Reported in Care Home (14 June 2017): Since the referendum on Brexit last year, the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the UK has dropped by 96 per cent.
The Health Foundation obtained figures from a Freedom of Information request to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It found that 1,100 EU nurses came to work in the UK last April, but this fell to just 46 EU nurse registrants in April this year.
Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: "The recruitment and retention of nurses is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care, with a shortage of 30,000 nurses in England alone.
"The drop in EU nurses registering to work in the UK could not be more stark – just 46 registered to work in the UK in April. Without EU nurses it will be even harder for the NHS and other employers to find the staff they need to provide safe patient care. The findings should be a wake-up call to politicians and health service leaders.