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Our NHS has a staff shortage—and Brexit could make it worse

The health service relies on trained doctors and nurses coming from overseas. Now, a crisis is looming

By Sue Richards  

As we face Brexit negotiations with curtailed and controlled immigration as a key objective, it is worth reflecting on what capping migration—from the EU or from elsewhere—would mean for the NHS. This means not only thinking about immigration targets, but about the wider systems that govern who works in our NHS—and how we ensure that they are prepared for that work.

Health systems are highly dependent on being able to employ people with knowledge developed through experience and not only through classroom learning, and therefore not subject to the…

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