Ja­son Fil­in­tras, nurse, 29, Watford

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

Fil­in­tras, a nurse from Greece, was as­sured by the NHS when he came to Bri­tain nine months af­ter an over­seas re­cruit­ment drive that ev­ery­thing would be OK. Now he is not sure.

“I came af­ter Brexit so knew the sit­u­a­tion. The NHS have a huge prob­lem with staffing and I felt I was one of the lucky ones to get an in­ter­view. When I asked the NHS trust in Watford about my fu­ture as an EU cit­i­zen, they told me there would be no change.

“I am wor­ried not just for my­self and my col­leagues – 40% of all staff in Watford Gen­eral are EU, doc­tors and nurses. I’m wor­ried what will hap­pen the pa­tients. As a nurse my pro­fes­sional com­mit­ment is to them, how can I as­sure them of their se­cu­rity. I can’t imag­ine the day if 40% of staff were told they could not stay.”

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