Applicants from EU nurses drops by 96% since Brexit vote
Released on - 12/06/2017
There has been a phenomenal drop in the number of nurses registering to work in the UK since Brexit. The figures show:
July 2016, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.
In April of this year only 46 registered, a fall of 96%.
The figures were obtained from the NMC, the Health Service stated this should act as a "wake-up call" as this could result in a neglect of patient safety.
The think tank stated the NHS was previously struggling with nurse vacancies and, without EU supply the shortages could worsen.
Findings in May by the Royal College of Nursing found one in nine posts in England was vacant.
The union said it meant the NHS was 40,000 short of what was needed.
The data obtained by the Health Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act cover the numbers applying to go on the register this does not automatically mean they are employed by the NHS.
But they give an indication of the supply line from the EU which provides a significant proportion of the workforce.
Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow health secretary said: "Theresa May's weak and unstable government has pushed NHS services to the brink, and it is patients who will pay the price.
"Our health service has always relied on the contribution of overseas workers, yet these staff are being forced out by this government's neglect and disregard.
According to statistics from March, there were 650,000 nurses on the register. Around 36,000 of these were taught in the EU, 5.5% of the total. An additional 67,000 came from outside the EU and the remaining from the UK.