EU Nurse Exodus Risk for Local Hospitals

After recently visiting the West Middlesex and Kingston Hospitals, Vince Cable MP said that a serious risk for both hospitals is the loss of their EU nursing staff, fearful of their future role in Brexit Britain.

Roughly 20% of Kingston’s medical staff are EU nationals, West Mid about the same, and the management is already concerned that these staff are leaving and recruitment is getting more difficult.

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Speaking after his visits Vince Cable MP said:

“I gather that the bureaucracy and hostility of the Home Office when they apply for British nationality is one problem; and a general feeling that they are unwelcome.

“The hospitals are now having to step up recruitment in the Philippines, Canada and elsewhere but visa restrictions are a problem.

“Of course, in the long term we need more British trained staff but poor pay and lack of affordable housing are a big deterrent.

“Overall there is real pride and positive thinking about the achievements of both hospitals but Brexit is posing a serious risk.”