I suppose we can import spuds from non-EU countries easily enough but NHS staff is quite another matter. They're leaving us and we can't replace them with our own clinitians.
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One NHS, Many Nationalities: where are NHS staff from?
Following the vote to leave the EU, the status of EU nationals already working in the UK has become uncertain. The NHS is affected by this issue, because 5% of its staff are nationals of other EU countries.
Nationality of NHS staff
12% of NHS staff say that their nationality is non-British, representing a total of 199 different nationalities.
5% report a nationality of an EU country other than the UK – that’s almost 59,000 people. Of these, over 70% are from ‘old’ EU countries – those which joined the EU before 2004.
One quarter of EU staff are from Ireland. Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese are the next most common. Together, these four nationalities make up almost three-fifths of EU NHS staff. The EU countries with the lowest NHS representation are Luxembourg (13) and Slovenia (113).
Looking at non-EU countries, the most common nationalities are Indian and Philippine. These are the second and third most common nationalities in the NHS, with Irish fourth. The next-most common non-EU nationalities are Nigerian and Zimbabwean.
What areas of the NHS do EU staff work in?
Just over 35% of NHS staff from other EU countries, or 21,000, work as nurses. This amounts to 7% of all nurses.
Since 2009 there have been large increases in the number of nurses from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Romania.
In percentage terms, EU staff have the highest representation among doctors – they make up almost 1 in 10 of this category.
Among EU doctors, Greeks are notably represented –over 70% of Greek staff in the NHS work as doctors, compared with one-sixth of all EU staff.
More in London, less in the North East
One-third of all EU NHS staff work in London, while one-sixth work in the north of England. As a percentage of the workforce, EU staff make up over 10% of staff in all of the NHS’s London workforce regions. By contrast, they make up only 1.5% of NHS staff (1 in 67) in the North East
Last edited: 23 February 2018 22:37:00