EU expat professionals desert NHS and universities in droves

Published:  27 Nov at 6 PM
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Public bodies, universities and NHS hospitals were the focus of research into the Brexit effect on UK public services.

Campaign group Best for Britain’s extensive research into the numbers of EU expat professionals quitting the UK in fear of Brexit shows public services are under extreme pressure due to the impending EU/UK divorce. Various public bodies, 82 hospital trusts and 116 British universities received freedom of information requests, with replies showing clearly the devastating effect of the 2016 referendum on education, the National Health Service and other crucial services.

Figures from the English hospitals revealed a 22 per cent increase in the numbers of EU professionals leaving their jobs and returning to their home countries, a damning indictment of the British public and the politicians who supported the leave campaign. Specific hospitals such as Southampton’s University Hospital admitted to a 40 per cent increase in the number of EU nationals leaving their jobs, and the Liverpool-based Walton Centre trust which specialises in neurology and neurosurgery lost 30 per cent more personnel last year than in 2016. London’s Guys and St Thomas trust also saw a 30 per cent increase in numbers leaving.

The mass exodus of EU employees isn’t just restricted to universities and the NHS, as the threat of Brexit is impacting the wider jobs market across the UK. Numbers of EU workers in Britain have fallen by 132,000 to around 2,25 million during the past 12 months, leaving job vacancies across the country at an all time high and employers scrambling to get positions filled by qualified, experienced workers.Spokesperson for Best of Britain Caroline Lucas believes the worrying figures demonstrate the damage to the country even before Brexit becomes a reality, adding Theresa May is to blame for not prioritising the status of much-needed EU workers as well as reassuring them their rights would be protected.
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