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Ignore the cries of “Project Fear”—Brexit is already harming the NHS

Brexit has already dealt a brutal blow to one of the most cosmopolitan of UK workforces, and its human cost is blindingly obvious to anyone actually working in healthcare

By Rachel Clarke  

The health service already has a staff shortage—and Brexit is already making it worse. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

The morning after the Brexit referendum, I met my Italian consultant on the steps of our hospital. Her face twisted a little and her eyes dropped to the floor. When I rushed to embrace her, she started to cry.

It would be easy to dismiss this as emotional melodrama. After all, what had changed in her NHS contract? We had saved lives together, lost patients together, run cardiac arrests, sought to comfort…

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