Shocking figures have been released from the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) following a Freedom of Information request by the Health Foundation showing that there is a 96% drop in the number of nurses from the EU registering to practise in the United Kingdom.
The report confirms that there has been a sharp decline from July 2016 where a high of 1,304 registrants appeared to April 2017 when there were just 46 in total.
With the NHS already facing a funding crisis, the additional pressure of not being able to use the EU nurses as a resource may bring them further difficulties. The Health Foundation confirm that since 2008 the majority of international nursing staff in the UK have been sourced from within the EU.
*Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation said: ‘The recruitment and retention of nurses is one of the biggest challenges facing health and social care, with a shortage of 30,000 nurses in England alone.
‘The drop in EU nurses registering to work in the UK could not be more stark – just 46 registered to work in the UK in April. Without EU nurses it will be even harder for the NHS and other employers to find the staff they need to provide safe patient care. The findings should be a wake-up call to politicians and health service leaders.
‘Clearly action is needed to offset any further loss of EU nursing staff in the near future. But the overall shortage of 30,000 nurses is not a shortage caused by the Brexit vote. The chronic shortage of nurses is the result of years of short-term planning and cuts to training places. A sustainable, long-term approach to workforce planning is desperately needed.’
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