Haughey hor­ro­rat EUnurse fig­ures

Rutherglen Reformer - - Caring -

Ruther­glen MSP Clare Haughey has de­scribed a 96 per cent drop in nurse reg­is­tra­tions since the Brexit vote from the EU as “ab­so­lutely stag­ger­ing”.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil showed only 46 nurses from the EU reg­is­tered to work in the UK in April this year. That com­pares with 1,304 in July last year.

Ms Haughey, who is deputy con­vener of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s health and sport com­mit­tee and a reg­is­tered men­tal health nurse, said: “These fig­ures are ab­so­lutely stag­ger­ing – and they fol­low warn­ings from doc­tors’ lead­ers about the dan­gers Brexit poses to the NHS.

“The NHS and the pa­tients it serves rely on nurses from across Europe – and Tory poli­cies are rob­bing our NHS of the staff that are its very lifeblood through their dan­ger­ous and xeno­pho­bic Brexit poli­cies.

“The Tory plans for a hard Brexit were roundly re­jected by vot­ers across the coun­try last week – and they must now change their reck­less pro­pos­als and en­sure our NHS be­gins to ben­e­fit from work­ers from across Europe once again af­ter a year of Tory-in­flicted dam­age.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.