England: No-deal Brexit could cause mass exodus of Spanish nurses

08 March 2019

NHS trusts could see an exodus of Spanish nursing staff under a no-deal Brexit.

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Currently, Spanish nationals can accrue points from their work in Britain that can later be used on Spain’s public health job exchange. But that arrangement would end under a no-deal Brexit.

As of June 2018, Spanish nurses made up 17% of the NHS EU nurse workforce – the second biggest group after Ireland.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: ‘What we clearly need is certainty for our staff and clarity from regulators and professional bodies – and quickly.’

The Department of Health and Social Care said that in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, arrangements would be made to ensure that NHS nursing qualifications and experience were recognised in EU member states.


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