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Doctors Association speaks out over NHS staffing post-Brexit

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As MPs continued to grapple with the Brexit deadlock, the Doctor's Association has been speaking out about the struggles facing the NHS.

Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, who chairs the association, says highly skilled EU staff are leaving - or have already left - and Brexit uncertainty has made a bad situation even worse.

Our nursing staff, who are highly specialised EU colleagues, are leaving and in fact, have already left. This means if you're a patient and become critically unwell, there may be a physical bed for you, but there's no nurse to look after you."

– Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden

Latest studies suggest that 1 in 3 intensive care units are understaffed, with hospitals transferring some patients elsewhere.

The British Medical Association says there are currently around 100,000 job vacancies within the NHS and can 'ill afford' to lose a single doctor.

In response, the Government says its investing billions into NHS Trusts and is encouraging all staff, including EU workers, to stay within the NHS.

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