Thanks in part to the Government’s embarrassing Brexit mess, there are now 300 nursing vacancies in Epsom and St Helier hospitals, limiting the quality of care available to local residents.
The Chief Executive of the hospitals, Daniel Elkeles, told Sutton Council’s Scrutiny Committee at the beginning of February that the shortage is partly due to Brexit.
Staffing for the hospitals has been stretched to the max as a result of Brexit, as the health and social care sector is incredibly reliant on skilled staff from across Europe. St Helier and its dedicated staff were already struggling to cope with the Government’s inadequate NHS funding, and now the Conservatives’ Brexit disarray is affecting staffing levels too.
Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:
"The toll that Brexit is taking on hospital staffing is unacceptable. St Helier has been my top priority for over 25 years. I will not stand by and allow hard Brexit Conservatives and Labour MPs, hell-bent on a No-Deal Brexit, to cause any more harm to St Helier, its hardworking staff and its patients.
"The Government needs to prioritise people’s health. Ruling out a No-Deal Brexit and giving power back to the people to let them decide the future, with an option to remain in the EU, is the best way to ensure that doctors and nurses from across Europe are able to continue to work in our hospitals and fill the mounting vacancies Brexit is causing."