Number of EU nurses registering to practice in UK down 96% since Brexit

The vote to leave the EU has led to a “crash” in the number of European nurses registering to work in the UK.

According to figures obtained by the Health Service Journal the NHS could be about to face its worst nursing workforce crisis for 20 years.

Data shows the number of EU nurses registering with the NMC to work in the UK peaked at 1,304 in July 2016, a month after the referendum.

However it has since dropped significantly, with a fall to 344 applications in September and JUST 46 in April 2017.

The new release follows figures released earlier in the year showing that almost 2,700 EU Nurses left the NHS in 2016 compared to 1,600 in 2014 – an increase of 68%.

An FOI request submitted by The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) discovered a 92 per cent drop in the number of EU citizens working as nurses after the Brexit vote.


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