New figures shows that NHS Nurses from EU countries are leaving the NHS in record numbers.
The figures, released as part of a freedom of information act request, show that almost 2,700 EU Nurses left the NHS in 2016 compared to 1,600 in 2014 – an increase of 68%.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) discovered a 92% drop in the number of EU citizens working as nurses after the Brexit vote.
The Government said it would like to offer three million EU citizens the right to remain, but has refused to offer any guarantees, claiming doing so would lose the UK “negotiating capital”.
According to the RCN, 24,000 NHS nursing positions remain unfilled and according to a report by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), 96% of trusts were failing to meet the required levels of registered nurses.
Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: “The Government risks turning off the supply of qualified nurses from around the world at the very moment the health service is in a staffing crisis like never before. As she pulls the trigger to begin negotiations, Theresa May must tell EU nurses and other occupations that they are needed and welcome in the NHS. It would not survive without their contribution“.