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St Albans for Europe raises awareness of threat of Brexit to the NHS in local Action Day
08 Nov, 2017

St Albans for Europe held a street stall on St Albans market on Saturday 4 November, as part of European Movement UK’s Action Day to highlight the need to safeguard the NHS from the threat Brexit poses.  Campaigners talked to the public about our opposition to Brexit; giving out leaflets which show the negative impact on the NHS of plans to leave the European Union; and recruiting new members.

Retaining our EU membership is proving vital in order to keep our NHS healthy:

·       EU nurse applicants have dropped by 96% since the Brexit vote

·       3,500 EU nurses left the NHS last year

·       The decline in EU nurses and midwives wanting to work in the UK since the referendum is continuing, reveals Nursing and Midwifery Council.

·       67% rise in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register in the 12 months up to September 2017, compared to the same period the year before, according to Nursing and Midwifery Council.

·       Half of nurses don’t have enough staff to do their jobs properly

·       42,000 nurses – the number we could need after Brexit, according to government figures

·       80% of the UK’s international research includes co-authors from the EU

·       €8.8 billion science funding was received by the UK from the EU between 2008 and 2013

Fiona McAndrew, Chair of St Albans for Europe said:

“We feel it is important that local people are made aware of the impact leaving the EU will have on such a valued service as the NHS.  We had a great response from people on the day, with a lot of people signing up to hear more about what we are doing.”

Michael Young, CEO of the European Movement UK, said:

“The European Movement and Open Britain have just commissioned a poll which shows the fears people have for the future of the NHS, since the vote to leave the European Union, as the facts become known.

“Brexit will hit the poorest and most vulnerable hardest, yet these are the people government should be doing its best to protect. By trying to lead us out of the EU, government is jeopardizing the future of the NHS, which so many people depend upon.  Our NHS is served by many hard-working EU citizens who now face uncertainty over their futures in the UK.  This is unacceptable, discriminatory and retrogressive.”