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NHS recruits drop after seeing Brexit result, Randstad reveals

The healthcare sector has seen a 96% drop in EU nurses registering to work in the UK since the June 2016 Brexit vote, Randstad Public Services reveals. Reports say that in April 2017, only 46 nurses joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) compared to the 1,304 who joined in July 2016.


  • New English language tests prove harder to recruit
  • 12% of all NHS staff in England are not UK nationals
  • 60,000 of the 12% are nationals from other EU countries
  • EU staff make up 10% of doctors and 5% of scientific and technical staff


Nurses have also spoken about the poor working conditions and unreasonable pay for the long hours worked as a further reason for not joining the register. With the number of current health care staff in the UK being from the EU, we are somewhat reliant on EU nursing recruitment for our NHS needs.


Victoria Short, managing director of Randstad Public Services, said, “The NHS and other healthcare providers in the UK rely on foreign workers to provide the best patient care. People from more than 200 countries work in the NHS and community health services with 12% of NHS staff in England being nationals of a country other than the UK.


“While a majority of health professionals in this country are British, a sizeable minority are from abroad and 60,000 European Union nationals are working in our NHS. To lose these workers, or to fail to attract them in the first place, would put further stain on services that are already under pressure.


“The NHS is a treasured institution that will always attract nurses but as these figures suggest, the challenge is to continue to appeal to nurses regardless of where they are from.”


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