Number of EU nurses coming to London has fallen by 42 per cent since the referendum, figures reveal

Number of EU nurses coming to London has fallen by 42 per cent since the referendum, figures reveal

December 22, 2018

The Royal College of Nursing research found the number joining dropped from 1,622 in 2015-16 to 939 in 2017-18.

Over the same period, there was a 15 per cent increase in the number of EU nurses quitting London, up from 1,130 to 1,301.

There are almost 9,500 vacant nursing posts in the capital, which works out as 14 per cent.

The RCN’s Jude Diggins said the “lack of clarity” from the Government about the right of EU workers to remain in the UK in the wake of the June 2016 referendum was to blame.

She said: “These figures confirm what our members have been telling us — that the Government’s failure to immediately clarify their right to stay left them feeling anxious and concerned for their future.”

A government scheme to allow the NHS staff from the EU “early bird” rights to apply for “settled status” in the UK opened last month.

More than 7,000 of London’s 55,000 nurses come from the EU.

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