The decline in EU nurses and midwives desirous to work within the UK because the referendum is continuous, figures present.
The development was first seen earlier this 12 months, and now a brand new batch of figures launched by the Nursing and Midwifery Council have strengthened the concept Brexit is having an affect.
In September the register confirmed simply over 36,200 EU nurses and midwives – over 2,700 lower than a 12 months earlier than.
However ministers stated an increase in coaching locations would compensate for the drop.
That can take a while to start out having an affect although, and union leaders consider the federal government in England could battle to fill these locations as they’ve eliminated bursaries for nursing levels and launched charges.
What do these figures present?
The information launched by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) cowl the variety of nurses and midwives registered to work within the UK, not the numbers truly working.
Rises within the numbers of nurses and midwives leaving the register was seen amongst all forms of workers – these educated within the UK, within the EU and in the remainder of the world.
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However what marked the EU development out was the speed of change being seen.
There was a 67% rise within the variety of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register within the 12 months as much as September in comparison with the identical interval the 12 months earlier than.
By comparability the variety of UK-trained workers leaving the register rose by lower than 10%.
That rise in leavers was off-set by simply over 1,000 new joiners from the EU, however that in itself was an 89% drop within the numbers who signed up the 12 months earlier than.
The NMC identified this alteration in new joiners was additionally more likely to have been influenced by the introduction of English language testing across the similar time because the Brexit vote in the summertime of 2016.
General, the variety of nurses and midwives on the register has began to drop for the primary time in a decade.
There have been just below 690,000 nurses and midwives registered to work within the UK in September – over 1,600 lower than there have been the 12 months earlier than.
This comes at a time when unions report there are vital shortages within the variety of nurses employed by the NHS.
Analysis by the Royal Faculty of Nursing (RCN) stated there have been over 40,000 unfilled vacancies – one in 9 posts.
Pattern inflicting concern
The NMC stated the rising numbers leaving the career throughout the board was “worrying” and wanted to be responded to.
An ageing workforce, which is seeing rising numbers attain retirement age, and the pressures of working within the well being service have been cited as components for UK-trained nurses leaving the register.
RCN common secretary Janet Davies stated it was “no shock” EU nurses have been additionally turning their backs on the UK given what was taking place with Brexit.
“These alarming new figures symbolize a double whammy for the NHS and sufferers.”
However the Division of Well being performed down the importance of the general drop, mentioning it represented a “mere” zero.2% fall within the numbers registered to work.
A spokeswoman stated the variety of coaching locations would improve by 25% within the coming years and that ministers had been “very clear” that EU nationals would stay a valued a part of the workforce after Brexit.