European health workers are staying away from the UK amid uncertainty over Brexit, according to a Plymouth nurse.
With nursing vacancies rising and an increasing demand for care, confusion over the UK's future relationship with the EU means fewer nurses are coming to the West Country to fill vital roles.
Theatre nurse Sandra moved here from Spain four years ago.
The number of NHS vacancies hit a record high last year. And with nursing students no longer receiving bursaries, the gaps are beginning to widen.
A leading academic from Plymouth University says ending freedom of movement could spell disaster for the region's hospitals.
The number of nurses from EU countries joining the NHS is falling all the time, down to just eight per cent last year. While the rate of European nurses leaving is going in the other direction. But some believe a No Deal exit could actually free up the health service to recruit from further afield.
The Royal College of Nursing has added its voice to the debate, saying the biggest worry is making sure there is no disruption in the supply of medicines.