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, and a 94% drop in the number if midwives.
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. Yet this topic has received almost no attention, inside or outside of Parliament - until now.
On the 22nd of March, 15 cross-party MPs raised this issue in a Parliamentary debate.
That debate was on the agenda because More United's supporters put it there.
This is how:
- More United's supporters were asked in the autumn what issues the movement should prioritise: the NHS, Brexit and equality came top of the list
- At the end of February, More United launched a campaign to get MPs focusing on how Brexit may impact the NHS
- 5,000 supporters emailed your MPs calling for a debate in Parliament
- 46 MPs from 5 parties took up your call and submitted a formal request to hold a debate
- That request was approved because, thanks to More United's supporters, it clearly had widespread cross-party support
Because of this debate, MPs from across the parties have brought new facts to light and put pressure on the government to make sure that, when it comes to Brexit, our NHS is protected no matter what.
Stay tuned for the next phase of the campaign, which will be decided by More United's supporters. Join the movement to have your say on the campaign's next steps.