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October 7, 2019 3:57 PM
By Guy Kiddey

High-Peak health and social-care professionals from EU countries prepare to leave UK as threats increase

Guy KiddeyMEMBERS of the High Peak Liberal Democrats who are EU nationals working in the NHS fear for their safety.

They say they are part of a growing group of EU nationals who are making plans to leave the UK.

"I as an EU citizen now fear for my safety in this country, and I've started procedures for leaving at short notice if needed," says one High-Peak NHS worker from southern Europe.

"This is tragic news, and a damning reflection of the way that that Boris Johnson's populism is revving up the right.

"What ever happened to decent, welcoming and tolerant Britain?" says Guy Kiddey, Liberal Democrat PPC for High Peak.

The NHS has a huge shortage of workers, with around 100,000 positions currently vacant.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council reports that the number of EU nurse registrants dropped 87% from 6,400 in 2016/17 to 800 in 2017/18.

While NHS recruitment remains a priority, Mr Kiddey says there will always be a shortage of staff for as long as we do not embrace new concepts in healthcare delivery.

"I am a firm believer in catching and treating disease fast, and that means focusing on primary care. We need to improve access to GPs using remote consultations so people can 'attend' appointments from home and work," Mr Kiddey says.