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Brexit will not be good for NHS

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08 FEB 2019

While there are still many people who believe that Brexit will offer many long-term benefits, Professor Menon points out that there will be challenges in the short and medium term. This is because of the simple fact that Brexit will make trading with Britain’s largest and nearest partner a more difficult process.

It is inevitable that trade will fall and with the unlikelihood of this trade being replaced or compensated by trade with other areas, there will be a downturn in the economy.

When it comes to the NHS, it is inevitable that it will be harder for EU nationals to enter the UK, which means that the flow of professionals willing to take up gainful employment in the NHS will fall. Even though leavers have stated that professionals will be welcomed from other nations, there will still be proper immigration channels, so it is inevitable that there will be a fall in potential new recruits.
With the NHS already struggling to fill vacancies and bring in talented and skilled nursing professionals, this is a concern.

People will go work where there are financial reasons for them to do so

Professor Menon raised another concern for the NHS with Brexit, stating; “If [NHS workers from the EU] are sending money back home, [the fall of the pound means] it’s now worth 20 per cent less than it would have been at the time of the referendum. If you were Polish doctor or nurse, you would [now] go to a eurozone country if you wanted to continue sending the same amount back.”

When asked whether there would be a positive side for the NHS from Brexit, Professor Menon was not too optimistic. The professor raised concerns about the dishonest claims that have already been made by the Government, casting doubt on whether there can be any optimism about the support that will be provided in the future.

More UK professionals may get a chance to find work

One area the professor suggests may be of benefit to the NHS is if there is a decrease in the reliance on overseas staff members in the NHS. He said; “If we’re training more of our own to become doctors and nurses, you could see that as a good event. If people who previously hadn’t aspire to those careers for whatever reason were now able to enter them. I suppose there’s a positive in that.”

Another issue that worries the professor is the fact that public anger and resentment over Brexit means that politics in the UK will become basic and focused on major issues. This will minimise the ability to discuss the challenges the NHS faces in greater detail, making it harder for the organisation to move forward.

At Atlantis Medical, we see the great work that is carried out by NHS nurses and we know that there are professionals from all parts of the world. The fact that respected professionals are openly stating concerns about the future of the NHS post-Brexit isn’t great news, but it is important that everyone is aware of the challenges facing the NHS today and tomorrow.


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