|McHale, Jean V.
|Economic and Social Research Council
|The UK in a Changing Europe
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The National Health Service (NHS) provided the backdrop to the referendum on the European Union in the United Kingdom in June 2016. The big red bus with its promise of £350 million a week to the NHS was a siren call to the voters. As the dust has settled however it is increasingly apparent that Brexit will have consequences for the NHS (and social care) other than a simple transfer of cash to provide enhanced services.
Staffing issues in the NHS in the Context of Brexit
In July 2017, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK released figures which showed that for the first time there were more nurses and midwives leaving the register than joining it. In updated figures published on the 1 November 2017 showed that trend was continuing. Over the last 12 months the number of UK graduates leaving the profession had increased by 9%.
The number of nurses and midwives from Europe leaving the register had also increased by 67%, while the number joining the register from the EU had dropped dramatically from 10,178 in 2016 to 1,107 in 2017, a decrease of 89%.
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