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Figures show EU nurses quitting London hospitals

and leaving the UK

31 Mar 2017

Figures show EU nurses quitting London hospitals

Figures revealed by RCN London show 745 nurses who worked in the capital's major hospitals, including Barts, Imperial and King’s, resigned from nursing in 2016.  

The number quitting London NHS hospitals rose by 32% per cent in two years, a Freedom of Information request uncovered. Overall resignations of EU nurses in the UK rose by 69%.   


The figures come after separate data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council shows a 92 per cent fall in the number of new EU nurses registering in UK at the end of last year.   Regional Director Bernell Bussue said:   

“These figures confirm our worst fears - the Government’s failure to guarantee the right to remain for NHS staff from the EU is fundamentally challenging the future of the health service in London.   

The number of nurses from across Europe that are living, working and caring in the capital is double the national average and without them it is hard to see how the health service would function. The Government’s refusal to offer reassurance is driving more and more nurses out of the country at a time when the health service is facing a severe staffing crisis.

It is now incumbent on the Government to ensure that the rights of NHS staff from Europe are made a priority in Brexit negotiations.”


Resignations by year from responding institutions

EU nurses quitting London

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