NHS Digital, the agency that collects data on the health service, found that in the 12 months to June, 9,832 EU doctors, nurses and support staff had left, with more believed to have followed in the past three months.
The Medway NHS trust has disclosed that 122 EU nationals left jobs at the hospital in the run up to the Brexit referendum and in the immediate aftermath. Close to 400 nursing jobs are vacant at Medway Maritime Hospital.
“The relocation of the agency will have considerable impact, not only because it has to move its headquarters and personnel, but also because the relationship with the UK Medicines Health and Regulatory Agency [MHRA] will change and potential risks need to be minimised in the event of a hard Brexit”, the document says.
The government’s medicines watchdog has warned that leaving the EU could jeopardise its ability to protect public health. The annual accounts of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) outline several possible dangers.
An exodus of staff caused by Brexit could cripple the NHS, the head of the Royal College of Nursing has warned. In a stark intervention, Janet Davies said some EU workers were already leaving, with hospitals unable to cope if significant numbers followed. The chief executive of the nurses’ union said the Government needed to give...
Professor Sir Mike Richards raised the alarm over the NHS struggling to recruit enough nurses, doctors and other health professionals from the EU and other countries if Britain imposes an immigration clampdown.