More United launches NHS & Brexit campaign

Published: 26 February 2018

This movement belongs to the people who are a part of it. It's aim is to give you a new way to impact politics. Last year More United asked its supporters which issues they wanted this movement to prioritise. The results were clear: Brexit, the NHS and equality.

Now More United is launching large-scale campaigns that are based on those priorities.

First up: how Brexit is impacting the NHS

Did you know that 10,000 - yes, 10,000 - EU health workers left the NHS in the year 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. This trend is most starkly pronounced when focussed on nurses, with a drop of nearly 90% in the number of nurses from the EU registering to work in the UK.

Of course these numbers in themselves don't necessarily prove that the people leaving are doing so because of Brexit. However, a study from the British Medical Association found that almost half of all EU doctors working here were considering leaving the NHS as a result of Brexit. Shockingly, 1 in 5 have already made plans to do so. 

The NHS currently has nearly 35,000 nursing vacancies and has just suffered it's worst 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, fewer paramedics in our ambulances.

The vast majority of the public want to protect the NHS for future generations, and many don’t realise that Brexit could pose a big threat.

That's why More United wants to secure a Parliamentary debate into the impact Brexit is having on NHS staffing.

We're calling on MPs to help get these facts into the open - the public deserves to know what the Brexit on offer looks like. 

You can help us secure a Parliamentary debate by taking two minutes to write to your MP, and by sharing the campaign as widely as possible.