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NHS recruitment from Europe is already falling because of Brexit, MPs are told

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j966 (Published 22 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j966
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Workforce experts have warned of signs that healthcare staff from the European Union who were considering coming to work in the NHS are choosing not to do so because of uncertainty over Brexit.

EU staff seem less keen to come to work in the UK, employers are not launching their usual recruitment drives in the EU, and existing EU staff in the NHS are considering leaving, MPs on the parliamentary health committee were told.

At an evidence session for the committee’s inquiry into Brexit held on 21 February, MPs asked about the impact on recruitment and retention of health and care staff since the referendum last June, in which the public voted for the UK to leave the EU.

Giving evidence, Daniel Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, which represents employers in …

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