Almost one in five European doctors have made concrete plans to leave the UK following Brexit.
A British Medical Association survey found almost half of NHS doctors from the European Economic Area are also considering leaving.
BMA calls for clarity over EU citizens’ rights and the future of immigrations rules.
LONDON — Almost one in five European doctors working in the UK have made concrete plans to leave the country following the Brexit referendum, a survey has shown.
The British Medical Association survey of doctors from the European Economic Area also found that almost half are considering leaving the UK, adding to fears that there will be a brain drain once the UK leaves the European Union.
12,000 NHS doctors, or 7.7% of total staff, are from the EEA, so the research shows that problems of recruitment and retention could be exacerbated by Brexit.
The BMA spoke to 1720 medics of which 45% said they were considering leaving the UK, and 18% said they had already made plans to emigrate.
Doctors cited three main reasons for leaving, which were the UK’s decision to leave the EU, a negative attitude towards EU workers in Britain and confusion over the future of immigration rules.
The BMA’s treasurer, Dr …read more
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