NHS in Oxford could lose more than 600 EU staff due to Brexit
The NHS in Oxford could lose more than 600 staff from the EU as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.
42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in Oxford, an estimated 619 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 90 doctors and 340 nurses.
The Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate guarantee that all EU nationals in the UK, including those working in the NHS and social care, can stay after Brexit.
Kirsten Johnson, Liberal Democrat candidate for Oxford East, said:
“Our Oxford hospitals depend on doctors, nurses and other support staff from the EU. But many are now planning to leave because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
“We must guarantee their rights to stay here immediately to prevent a damaging exodus of these skilled and hard-working people. Our NHS, and the care we all rely on, would suffer without them.
"The NHS is far too precious to be damaged by Theresa May’s decision to pursue a UKIP-style Brexit.
"The Liberal Democrats will stand up to Theresa May's extreme Brexit and give the people the final say, with the choice to remain in the European Union if they don't like the deal on offer."