Our International Health Service

This report from Global Future looks at the difficulties the NHS is facing in attempts to attract the clinical staff it needs from the EU. The report discusses the need to ensure that the NHS is sustainable in the future by enabling it to continue to recruit staff from all over the world. 

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The NHS relies on staff from all over the world. Over a quarter of NHS doctors – including almost half in some vital specialities – and almost one in six nurses, are from overseas. But following the Brexit referendum the NHS is finding it increasingly difficult to attract the clinical staff it needs from the EU. The number of EU nurses is already falling, and the proportion of European doctors gaining a licence in the UK has fallen from 25% of the total in 2014 to just 16% in 2017.

This is making the NHS increasingly dependent on staff from outside the EU, who are being refused entry into the UK in their hundreds. Without relaxations in those restrictions and a commitment to erecting no new barriers to potential NHS staff from the EU after Brexit, the NHS will be unable to recruit the staff it needs.

Full report: Our International Health Service

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