DAUK Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden interviewed on ITV news about the potential impact of Brexit on our NHS

Yesterday Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, our Chair gave her thoughts on Brexit in an interview with ITV news alongside Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair BMA Council.

Sammy spoke about the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine’s (FICM) report Critical Capacity, which outlined that staffing of intensive care units in the UK is a national problem. 

The report states that 3/5 intensive care units do not have a full critical care nursing complement, and 2/5 units are haicvng to close beds due to staffing shortages on at least a weekly basis. The impact of this was the 4/5 units are having to transfer patients out. Of those units affected, the vast majority considered that bed capacity was inevitably impacted leading to cancelled operations. FICM reports that quality of care and even patient safety might be impacted.

Sammy talked about the DAUK’s main concern with Brexit which is staffing. The number of nurses and midwives from Europe leaving has doubled, whilst the number joining has fallen by 91%. A BMA survey of over 1,500 EU doctors working in the UK found that a third of EU doctors are considering leaving the UK, with Brexit being an overriding factor. 

Read the full report and watch the ITV’s political correspondent Phil Hornby explain the government’s stance https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2019-03-25/surrey-doctor-speaks-out-over-nhs-staffing-post-brexit/