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European nurses are yet another victim of Brexit uncertainty

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The number of EU nurses applying for work with the UK’s nursing regulator fell from 1,304 in July 2016 to 46 in April 2017.

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The National Health Service needs foreign nurses because the UK doesn’t have enough nurses. Some 5% of nurses in the UK are from the EU.

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The number fell, in part, because many nurses are failing the English language tests. Some say they are too hard, failing even applicants from English-speaking countries.

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But the number also fell because European nurses are uncertain about the prospects of going to the UK as the country prepares to leave the EU.

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Their anxiety is echoed inside the UK too. Almost half of high-skilled EU workers are considering leaving the country over the next five years.

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