Alarm bells are ringing for all UK's businesses that are dependent on the positive movement of labour from the EU into the UK. The UK has always been an attractive destination for nurses from the EU due to the higher wages they can secure here.
The uncertainty that Brexit has caused means higher wages are not enough now to attract the most talented nurses from the EU into the UK. Could this lead to recruitment problems for many other industrial, consumer and service sectors?
More than likely the answer is yes. This is bad news for the future prospects of the UK economy.
The number of nurses from the EU registering to work in the UK has dropped by 96% less than a year after the Brexit vote, official figures show. Last July, 1,304 EU nurses came to work in the UK; this fell to just 46 in April, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) statistics show. The Health Foundation, which obtained the figures via a freedom of information request, said there was a shortage of 30,000 nurses in England alone, adding that the NHS could not afford such a drop.