Mid Essex NHS faces double blow - loss of EU staff & downgrading of Broomfield A&E

June 6, 2017 4:24 PM

Mike Mackrory at BroomfieldThe NHS service in Mid Essex, including Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, could lose 173 staff as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in Mid Essex, an estimated 173 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 32 doctors and 97 nurses.

This would create a £1.7million 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 Liberal Democrats 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.

Liberal Democrat candidate Stephen Robinson said:

"Residents in Chelmsford are going to be doubly affected by ill-conceived Tory policies. Not only do we face losing our EU staff, but Theresa May's budget cuts could lead to Broomfield Hospital's A&E being downgraded.

"Hospitals depend on doctors, nurses and other support staff from the EU. But many are now planning to leave because of the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote. 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.

If I am elected, I will also fight to protect our A&E from being downgraded, leading to Basildon becoming our specialist emergency care hospital."

ENDS

Notes
1. Based on figures for Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust

2.More than half (55.6%) of the 10,000 doctors from the EU working in the NHS are now considering leaving the UK because of the referendum result, according to a survey conducted by the General Medical Council

http://www.gmc-uk.org/Briefing___GMC_survey_of_EEA_doctors__February_2017_.pdf_69558586.pdf

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/european-brexit-doctors-uk-gmc-survey-nhs-hospitals-leaving-considering-eu-latest-a7604121.html

3. Survey data suggests that up to 26,500 members of NHS staff from the EU could leave the UK as a result of Brexit

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/brexit-crisis-on-the-wards-channel-4-dispatches

4. The Liberal Democrat manifesto commits to immediately guaranteeing the rights of all EU nationals working in the NHS and social care.