Great Britain: Racist incidents rise for overseas nurses since Brexit vote

04 October 2019

Overseas nurses are experiencing higher levels of discrimination, including racist incidents, and are more likely to consider leaving the NHS since the EU referendum in 2016, a new report has found.

Dr Georgia Spiliopoulos and Professor Stephen Timmons of the University of Nottingham conducted in-depth interviews with both EU and non-EU nursing staff from two English trusts.

Dr Spiliopoulos said: ‘The referendum result has been interpreted by nurses interviewed as a signal that migrants are not welcome in the UK, and they were considering migrating elsewhere. Our findings have serious implications for patient care.’

Limited career opportunities and bias from senior staff and management towards promotion was another obstacle faced by non-British nurses. 

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