Mark shows his support for EU Nurses(December 14, 2018)
Sir Mark celebrates the work of EU nursing staff in the UK.
Sir Mark met twelve frontline nurses as part of the Royal College of Nursing’s “Nursing at Brexit point” on Wednesday 12 December. The event, in Parliament, brought together MPs, members of the House of Lords and nurses.
Several nurses from the EU shared their experiences of working in the NHS across the UK since the Brexit vote. Both EU and UK nurses highlighted their concerns on how Brexit is affecting the nursing workforce and its impact on the future supply of medicines, public health and nursing regulation.
The Royal College of Nursing warns that Brexit poses an immediate risk to the provision of safe and effective health care, as well as collective efforts to improve public health.
There has been a fall in the number of EU nurses applying to work in the UK. Between October 2017 – September 2018 fewer than 900 EU nurses signed up to work in the UK compared to 10,000 only two years ago. Meanwhile the number of EU nurses and midwives who left the register from October 2017 – September 2018 was 3560.
Dame Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College Nursing, said:
'Amid the chaos of the last few days in Parliament, nursing staff have delivered a strong message to MPs on how Brexit will affect them and most importantly the safety of the patients they care for.'
Sir Mark Hendrick MP said: 'It's disgraceful the way EU nurses have been used as pawns by the Prime Minister in the negotiations with the EU, instead of being offered job security from day one'.