10% Fall in the Number of EU Nurses in the NHS in the Last 2 Years - People's Vote

10% Fall in the Number of EU Nurses in the NHS in the Last 2 Years

New staff figures published by the NHS show that it now has 2,300 fewer EU nurses than at the start of 2017, representing a more than 10% fall, and the numbers continue to drop.

This is a reverse of the trend from before the Brexit vote, when the number of EU nurses working in the NHS was rising steadily. In a survey of nurses and midwives who left the NHS in 2017, almost half (47%) of the 227 EEA nurses and midwives who responded agreed that “Brexit has encouraged me to consider working outside the UK”. (link).                

In total, more than 8,000 have left since December 2016, representing more than a third of EU nurses, with less than 6,000 joining in the same time period.                                                                                                     

A new analysis from the People’s Vote campaign highlights the real risk Brexit poses to our NHS, contrary to claims made by Leave campaigners and the Government. A future projection of the figures shows that the situation is set to get worse. Until the end of the current Parliament in 2022, the NHS stands to lose a further 2,863 EU nurses and midwives, bringing the total lost since the Brexit vote in June 2016 to 4,908.

It is fast becoming clear that the economic hit from Brexit, as well as more difficulties to recruit from Europe, will damage the NHS rather than benefit it.

 

Commenting, Tonia Antoniazzi MP, leading supporter of People’s Vote, said:

“These figures should be a wakeup call to anyone who loves our NHS. It’s now clear the staffing crisis in our health service is made worse by Brexit, not better as we were told.

“Our NHS needs more nurses and midwives from EU countries, not fewer – but since the referendum we are now sadly seeing people leaving. Not a day goes by without new facts emerging that show the Brexit people were promised simply cannot be delivered.

“As the crisis in Westminster continues, Brexit continues to do damage to our public services. It is only right that the final decision on Brexit is given back to the people, so they can make their own judgement about whether Brexit is good for the NHS. That's why huge numbers of people, including many nurses and doctors and other NHS workers, will be marching through London on Saturday demanding that Brexit is put to the people.”

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Notes to Editors:

Number of nurses leaving is based on NHS Workforce Statistics for December 2017 and December 2018 (link 1, link 2): 

Leavers

2017

2018

Total

Nurses

4170

3860

8030

 

Future projection is based on continuing the trend for the number of EU nurses since June 2016 until June 2022, when the current parliament is scheduled to end. The number of nurses is taken from NHS Workforce Statistics 2018 (link):

Date

EU Nurses in the NHS(Headcount)

Mar-16

21030

Jun-16

21826

Sep-16

22227

Dec-16

22081

Mar-17

22232

Jun-17

21664

Sep-17

21237

Dec-17

20858

Mar-18

20787

Jun-18

20276

Sep-18

20042

Dec-18

19781

Mar-19

19577

Jun-19

19372

Sep-19

19168

Dec-19

18963

Mar-20

18759

Jun-20

18554

Sep-20

18350

Dec-20

18145

Mar-21

17941

Jun-21

17736

Sep-21

17532

Dec-21

17327

Mar-22

17123

Jun-22

16918