Doctors, nurses’ associations, NHS contractors and other healthcare workers had been claiming that the vote to leave the EU would have a serious impact on health services in the UK. It now appears that the alarmist opinion may not have been so far off the mark.
In the next few months, the NHS may be in for further cuts. With a recession-driven economy, the Prime Minister would be hard-pressed to pour money into the healthcare system. Should the Government opt for spending cuts, social care and healthcare would be the first to feel the brunt, and with trusts already in financial problems, it would exacerbate the issue.
At the moment, it appears that the Government and ministers will not be pushing for major NHS reforms. It is too busy trying to reassure businesses and pro-EU Britons while trying to meet the demands of those who wanted to exit the 28-nation bloc.
There is no doubt that the UK needs more talented and experienced health and social care staff. Even NHS contractors agree to this fact. However, with an anti-Europe climate prevailing in the country, talented citizens from the EU will not be motivated to come to the UK and work in its health and care system. Presently, there are about 55,000 non-British EU staff working in the NHS, while the care system is running due to a migrant workforce that is willing to work hard for low pay.
With the mainstream media reporting anti-migrant incidents, talented clinical staff from Europe will prefer going to other countries to coming to the UK. There is a worldwide shortage of clinical staff, and Britain happens to be part of the global market where talent was previously welcomed. However, Brexit has made it difficult to attract the best talent, and this will be a loss for the people and the healthcare system.