A study shows that Brexit has increased the shortage of doctors in the UK

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London (AFP) – The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union exacerbated the problem of a shortage of doctors in the British territories, according to a study published on Sunday, and carried out by the Ideas Lab, which specializes in health issues.

The Guardian published the report at a time of controversy in the UK over long hospital waiting lists and staff shortages.

According to the study, due to Brexit, there are fewer than 4,000 professionals in the British health system than in other EU countries.

The Nuffield Trust study group examined the situation in four specialties (anaesthesiology, pediatrics, cardiothoracic surgery, and psychiatry) where there were a large number of specialists from other European countries.

The report indicates that in these four disciplines, which suffer from a shortage of personnel, “the progress of the number of forces from the European Union (…) has slowed down.”

According to the study, if the same trend as before Brexit was maintained, there would have been 41,000 doctors from the EU and other EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) in 2021, that is, 4,000 more than the current numbers. .

According to the Nuffield Trust, “the campaign and referendum results (from 2016 and applied from 2020) are the obvious reason for this change of direction”.

He points to the initial uncertainty among the reasons for the uncertainty due to new rules on the movement of people, tightening visa rules and “deteriorating working conditions”.

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