Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire say that Brexit is already having a dangerous impact on an already overstretched NHS.
The numbers of nurses from the EU registering an interest in working in our NHS has fallen by 90% nationally in recent months – a direct result of Brexit.
People from the EU currently make up 10% of the local NHS workforce, so the fall-off in EU recruits is threatening staff shortages in our hospitals.
No choice but to step-up recruitment overseas
The result is that Cambridgeshire NHS is trying even harder to recruit nurses from elsewhere in the world at an additional cost to the NHS of £10,000 per nurse.
“A nursing shortage caused by Brexit presents a huge problem for the NHS,” said Cllr Susan van de Ven. “The NHS is forced to recruit from outside Europe, involving visa and immigration fees that cost the NHS even more money as it tries to fill the gaps.”
Government fails to persuade Brits to become nurses
“There is a real problem recruiting nurses from Britain because the government has failed to address the factors that put people off becoming a nurse – or push them into leaving the profession altogether: the abolition of nursing bursaries, and inadequate pay. In Cambridgeshire, lack of affordable public transport and the high cost of housing for people on low salaries contribute to a perfect storm.” said Susan.