Britain will have 60,000 nurses and midwives fewer than the country needs after Brexit, cautioned medical experts and MPs on 10 September.
The Theresa May Government’s plans for a hard Brexit would increase deficit of nurses and midwives, with the shortage expected to rise by 20,000 by the year 2020, they added.
The Open Britain campaign’s new figures said that with Brexit, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) would be struggling in intensive care, making their country a less attractive place for nurses and midwives from the EU to work in.
Heidi Alexander MP, a supporter of Open Britain, was quoted by the Sunday People as telling them that their NHS would be in bad shape as hospitals across the UK depend heavily on nurses and midwives belonging to the EU.
She said that these numbers had already declined sharply since the EU referendum and their country should not be surprised if the situation deteriorates further when the Government goes ahead with its plans for reducing immigration. Alexander said that the time had come for their government to come out and state that it would welcome nationals of Europe to work in Britain.
Meanwhile, the government figures showed that the NHS was facing its highest shortfall of nurses ever, as the number of vacant positions doubled to 40,000 in three years.
Data revealed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Foundation have shown that in the months following the referendum, the number of nationals of the EU registering to work in the UK as nurses and midwives decreased by 96 percent.
Mirror quotes John Skewes, a Director at the Royal College of Midwives, as saying that there were around 1,400 midwives from European countries working in their country’s NHS.
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