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Brexit and cost-of-living disaster drive Spanish NHS staff to desert Britain

Increasingly folks from Spain who work for the NHS are leaving the UK due to Brexit and the continued cost-of-living disaster.

In 2016, when the EU referendum befell, 7,130 Spanish residents labored for the well being service, in line with UK parliamentary figures. By June 2023, this quantity had dropped to five,114.

The NHS staff from overseas statistics parliamentary report, revealed in November, confirmed that the variety of NHS nurses from Spain had fallen from 4,675 in 2016 to 1,467 in 2023.

As of January 2023, the tip of the liberty of motion had led to a shortfall of round 330,000 staff in Britain, a report by the think-tank the Centre for European Reform and UK is a Altering Europe discovered. The report cites modifications to immigration regulation in Britain – which have been enacted in January 2021 – as inflicting a drop in EU and non-EU staff in Britain. Since EU free motion ended within the UK in 2021, newly arriving EU residents should have permission to enter, stay and work in Britain.

Submit-Brexit, most EU staff in Britain are employed in less-skilled areas of the financial system, the report additionally discovered. The hospitality and meals sector has witnessed a 4 p.c drop in international staff post-Brexit to 67,000, whereas the development trade has skilled a two p.c drop.

As a rising variety of Spanish staff depart the NHS and head again house, fewer nurses from Spain are shifting to Britain to work, due to Brexit. Diego Ayuso, secretary normal of the Spanish Basic Council of Nursing, mentioned the UK is much less enticing for nurses than Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, or different EU international locations, as a result of their work Britain doesn’t depend in the direction of an EU factors system.

Magda Martinez, a former senior nurse within the NHS, moved backed to Spain final summer time. She needed to tackle two extra shifts on intensive care wards on the weekends, to make sure her household might get by in London. Following Britain’s departure from the EU, Martinez’s sick mom was now not in a position to obtain remedy on the NHS is she lived with the household in Britain. “The day of the Brexit vote, I felt that we have been being kicked out of our own residence. I had my life right here, however I used to be not welcome,” she told i News.

“We had the sensation that the cost-of-living disaster received worse and worse, and also you assume ‘what am I doing?’

Caroline Williams is a former NHS nurse, who has lived in Spain since 2006. She advised Left Foot Ahead how she was glad she had left the UK earlier than Brexit.

“The wages for a nurse (of any type) within the NHS are unhealthy, and by the point you will have taken out your hire or mortgage, you might be hardly left with something. Now with the price of meals going up, it’s even worse. You want nutritious meals not junk, to outlive the shifts. Good luck NHS nurses, you want it.”

Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead is a contributing editor to Left Foot Ahead

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