Will Forster

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NHS covering Woking could lose almost 1,000 European staff because of Brexit

by willforster on 3 June, 2017

The NHS in the South East could lose 6,400 staff from the European Union as a result of Theresa May’s extreme version of Brexit, the Lib Dems have warned.

The NHS trusts have cover Woking could lose 930 European staff – 416 in Ashford and St Peters, 307 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and 207 in the Surrey and Borders Partnership, which is responsible for local mental health services.

42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research.  This means the NHS in Kent, Surrey and Sussex could lose an estimated 6,400 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 820 doctors and 2,322 nurses.  This would create a £28 million bill to re-hire doctors and nurses from the EU after 2019, due to Theresa May’s plans for a £2000 immigration skills charge for each doctor, nurse and health worker brought in from abroad.

The Lib Dems have called for an immediate guarantee that all EU nationals in the UK, including those working in the NHS and social care, can stay after Brexit.

Hospitals covering Woking like St Peters and the Royal Surrey depend on doctors, nurses and other support staff from the Europe. But many are now planning to leave because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

We must guarantee their rights to stay here immediately to prevent a damaging exodus of these skilled and hard-working people.  Our NHS, and the care we all rely on, would suffer without them.

The NHS is far too precious to be damaged by Theresa May’s decision to pursue a UKIP-style Brexit.  The Lib Dems will stand up to Theresa May’s extreme Brexit and give the people the final say, with the choice to remain in the European Union if they do not like the deal on offer.

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