NHS disproves ‘Brexodus’ myth: there are over 3000 more EU nationals working in the NHS since #Brexit

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Newspapers like The Guardian often claim that because of Brexit nurses and midwives are leaving the u.k. ‘in droves’.

This is a statement that is directly contradicted by the facts. The Office of National Statistics published stats this week that showed that the Guardian have been lying about this #FakeNews.

Repeatedly.
 
Whatsmore NHS Digital has released figures which completely disprove the notion that the NHS is seeing EU nationals ‘leave in droves’.
 
As of the 31st of June 2017, the NHS had 3,181 more European Union nationals working in the NHS on the numbers from the same period in 2016. This includes:
 
441 more EU doctors,
27 more EU midwives
136 more EU ambulance staff.
 

The number of EU nurses fell by 289, however this wasn’t because of #Brexit, but because the Tories introduced a frankly unworkable and ‘overly academic’ stringent language test in January 2016 for overseas nurses coming to work in the NHS. It could take up to 6 months to complete and has had a huge effect on nurses being registered from July 2016 onwards. Australian Nurses were failing this stupid test, which unsurprisingly has now been scrapped.

Every day those who wish to Stop Brexit repeat the mantra that

“the Leave campaign lied about £350 million a week going to the NHS”

The £350m figure was a gross number which did not take into account the fact Britain negotiated a rebate from the EU. This ‘NHS EU Staff Exodus’ lie is just as bad as the £350m for the NHS lie.

The pro EU entities repeating this lie are guilty of doing something as equally misleading & dishonest as Aaron Banks – knowingly ignoring the number of people coming in to the UK, and only talking about the number of people leaving.

It gets worse for the #FakeNews brigade at the Guardian: In the 3rd quarter of 2017 there were 2,380,000 EU nationals living & working in the UK. that is a whopping 112,000 increase on the same period in 2016.

The net figures clearly & unequivocally show that European Union nationals would prefer to be workers in the UK rather than workers in the EU – which is why we have more EU nationals working in the NHS since the Brexit vote.

“The number of non-UK nationals in work is still rising, albeit more slowly than in the last couple of years.

However, this is being driven by EU citizens; the number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has fallen in the last year.” – Matt Hughes, ONS senior statistician