NHS & Brexit

10,000 EU health workers left the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote. 

According to the Guardian, that’s an increase of 22% on the previous year, and 42% on the year before that.

Meanwhile, the number of health workers joining the NHS from the EU is shrinking. There has been a drop of nearly 90% in the number of nurses from the EU registering to work in the UK. 

The NHS currently has 100,000 vacancies, 35,000 of which are for nurses, and the UK has just had its worst NHS winter crisis ever. So why is no one talking about this?

When people voted in the EU referendum, no one was voting to have fewer nurses on our wards, fewer doctors in our surgeries. The vast majority of the public want to protect the NHS for future generations, but many don’t realise that Brexit could pose a big threat.

That's why More United is getting Parliament to pay this issue the attention it desperately needs.

At the beginning of March, more than 5,000 More United supporters emailed their MPs calling for a debate in Parliament on the impact of Brexit on the NHS. 

As a result, 46 MPs from 5 parties took up the call and submitted a formal request for that debate to take place. When the co-sponsors of the request made the case for why this debate needs to happen now, they had to demonstrate that it had widespread backing. 

The action taken by More United supporters meant they could show it had genuine cross-party support. 

On the 14th of March, that request was approved. The debate will take place on Thursday 22nd of March.

This is a huge win - and it's all down to More United's supporters. It proves that More United's vision for a new way of doing politics - built on people not parties - works.

Now it's crucial that MPs from all sides turn up and speak in the debate. That is the only way that this issue will get the attention it needs. Please write to your MP asking them to speak in the debate.