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Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”

Doubt over EU staff in NHS threatens patient care, hospital bosses say

Uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning.

The lack of clarity over the status of EU nationals working in the NHS is especially worrying as government plans to increase the supply of homegrown doctors and nurses will take years to bear fruit, NHS trust chiefs believe.

A report by NHS Providers, which represents health trusts in England, paints a bleak picture of an already understaffed service, with fears that Brexit could exacerbate existing difficulties.

It says staff shortfalls are so widespread that they affect every area of care, but pose particular problems in A&E units, acute care, pathology, psychiatry, cancer and eyesight services.

“Any significant reduction in the number of overseas staff in the next few years is likely to have a serious and damaging impact on services for the public,” says the report. It follows evidence of a growing brain drain of EU staff from the NHS, especially nurses.

Trust bosses want the NHS to be able to keep recruiting key staff from abroad in the next few years, despite the political sensitivity around immigration, to help plug extensive gaps in staff rotas.

“In the absence of quick fixes to domestic supply, there is a continued need for provider trusts to recruit and retain staff from the EU and the rest of the world to mitigate the workforce gap,” the report says.

In a survey of 151 trust chairs and chief executives, 85% said it was very important that their hospital could continue to hire staff from overseas over the next three years.

“Uncertainty linked to Brexit was seen by chairs and chief executives as the main barrier to the recruitment of non-UK staff over the next three years, with more than one in three (38%) mentioning this issue,” the report says.

Among trust bosses, 93% said staff supply posed the biggest challenge to ensuring they could recruit and retain enough people to give patients the right care. This was followed by work pressures (60%) and pay and reward (38%).

Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, said the government must “deliver certainty” for the 62,000 EU workers in the NHS, who represent 5.6% of the total workforce of 1.2 million.

“It should reassure them that their commitment to the NHS is greatly valued and will continue to be welcome. It should also provide reassurance on immigration policy so trusts can continue to recruit overseas while we strengthen our workforce here,” Hopson said.

Around 10,000 EU nationals quit the NHS in the 12 months after the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to official workforce figures from NHS Digital. The Nursing and Midwifery Council revealed last week that the number of nurses coming to work in the UK from the EU had fallen by 89% in the past year.

“The NHS finds itself at the heart of a vicious circle. As demands on the health service grow, and pay continues to dive as prices soar, staff are understandably attracted to jobs where the pressures are less extreme and the wages more competitive,” said Sara Gorton, the head of health at the union Unison.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, could help alleviate understaffing by giving all NHS workers an above-inflation pay rise in the budget on 22 November, Gorton said.

Understaffing has been caused by years of bad decision-making by ministers and NHS bodies, hospital bosses believe. Nine in 10 are worried or very worried by NHS workforce planning.

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said trusts welcomed pledges from the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, on training more nurses and providing more affordable housing for NHS workers from the sale of surplus NHS land. But they wanted action to be taken to expedite the changes, he said.

A Department of Health spokesperson said ministers were keen to secure the rights of EU staff in the NHS. “The NHS has over 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on wards since May 2010, but we know that we need more staff.

“That’s why we recently announced the biggest ever expansion of training places for doctors and nurses, as well as being clear that the future of EU nationals is a top priority in the Brexit negotiations and we want their valued contribution to the NHS to continue, to ensure the NHS has the staff it needs both now and in the future.”