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137,000 People from 202 Countries are Working in UK Health Service by katty : February 10, 2018, 12:35:30 PM
Revealed, the 202 nationalities working in the NHS: Government infographic shows breakdown of the 137,000 foreign staff working alongside British doctors and nurses

It‘s well-known that the is reliant on foreign staff.
And a new infographic, released by a Parliament research group, reveals exactly where the workers in the health service are from.

The House of Commons Library picture shows there are 976,288 British staff working in the NHS – the equivalent of 87.5 per cent.

In contrast, 137,000 doctors, nurses and infrastructure staff are nationals of other countries, including just under 62,000 EU nationals – around 5.6 per cent.

Fears of an NHS staffing crisis have loomed since the historic Brexit vote in June 2016, as the numbers of EU nurses registering to work in the UK plunged.

But the new report states that the number of ‘EU staff has changed little since the referendum‘.

The figures, which are derived from NHS Digital data, also show a breakdown of the 202 nationalities there are working in the health service.

And they come after US President Donald Trump last week sparked a diplomatic row with Britain after branding the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt immediately hit back, saying no-one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The new report shows two African countries, Zimbabwe (3,899) and Nigeria (5,405), were named in the top 10 – more than the 2,040 English-speaking Australians.   

Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.

The Philippines pipped Ireland into third place, with 15,391 staff compared to the 13,016 that come from the Emerald Isle.

But the statistics also show there are more workers in the NHS from Sierra Leone than there are from Finland, Austria and Belgium.

WHAT COUNTRIES DO MOST OF THE STAFF WORKING IN THE NHS COME FROM?

NHS Digital data shows exactly how many staff from 202 nationalities there are working in the health service. The figures are correct as of September 2017.
BRITISH
INDIAN
FILIPINO
IRISH
POLISH
SPANISH
PORTUGUESE
ITALIAN
NIGERIAN
ZIMBABWEAN
976,288
18,348
15,391
13,016
8,477
6,781
6,725
6,044
5,405
3,899

Some 503 people from the country on the west coast of Africa work under the NHS, compared to 380 Finns, 359 Belgians and 334 Austrians.

Three other African nations reported a greater number of staff working in the health service than the three European countries that are all within a three-hour air journey.

There are 489 workers from Uganda, 469 from Sudan and 465 from Zambia.

The data also showed there were fewer Swiss workers, 157, than those from Somalia (253), Cameroon (260), Mauritius (235), Gambia (213) and Malawi (202).
Syria, the Middle-Eastern country rocked by a civil war, came in at 72nd on the list of most popular nations working in the health service, with 148.

While there are also 289 Iraqis and 144 staff from Afghanistan in the NHS, according to the Commons released yesterday.

The report also revealed the amount of foreign staff working in the NHS varies in different parts of the country.

In London, 12 per cent of staff in the NHS are nationals of other EU countries – but in the North East the proportion is as low as two per cent.

WHAT DID DONALD TRUMP SAY ABOUT THE NHS?

Donald Trump sparked a fresh diplomatic row with Britain last week after he branded the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

The US President claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain‘s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.

His remarks sparked a furious response from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who hit back saying no one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The barb is the latest in a series of spats with the UK which Mr Trump has sparked on Twitter.

Last year after he retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far right group Britain First and criticised the UK‘s record on terrorism on Twitter.

And it comes just over a week after the US President and Theresa May insisted they had patched things up during a meeting at Davos.

Mr Trump is expected to make his first visit to the UK this July and is already likely to be met with some of the biggest protests the country has ever seen.

He has already postponed his state visit amid fears it would be overshadowed by angry demonstrations.
There are 37 NHS trusts where over 10 per cent of staff are estimated to be nationals of other European countries, with the majority in the South East or London.
However, there are 44 trusts where less than two per cent of staff are nationals of other EU countries, with 32 being in the north of England.

There are 19 NHS trusts where more than a quarter of staff report a non-British nationality, according to the figures.

A further analysis showed 10 per cent of doctors and seven per cent of nurses are nationals of a country in the EU.

While 12 per cent of doctors and six per cent of nurses are of Asian descent.

This is despite fears that foreign doctors are unable to communicate fluently with patients and more likely to investigated for incompetence.

Reliant on foreign doctors, the NHS has actively targeted them to help plug a staffing shortage that has left it in a crisis.

More than 40 per cent of doctors in some areas of England trained abroad, a General Medical Council report showed in December.

The most common countries of origin have historically been India, Pakistan and South Africa but they are increasingly arriving from Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

Almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired in 2016, despite the ongoing concerns of language barriers. Another 5,000 doctors are needed to plug the staffing shortage, and NHS bosses are looking overseas to meet its targets.

It was revealed by magazine last week that NHS England may have missed its target to recruit 600 GPs from overseas by the end of this financial year.

And the recruitment crisis for nurses has led to officials allowing foreign nurses to sit easier English language tests.

Failure rates were so high that rules issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council came into place in November to change it.

The announcement followed warnings that the current exams are so strict they have led to a huge drop in the number of foreign nurses coming to the UK.

A scathing analysis last month revealed a greater number of nurses and midwives are now leaving the health service than joining.

More than 33,000 walked away from nursing last year in England – about 10 per cent of the entire workforce. Around half were under the age of 40. 

DID THE NIGERIAN-BORN DOCTOR DESERVE TO BE STRUCK OFF BY THE GMC?

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, is originally from Nigeria
A Muslim doctor has made headlines after she was barred by the GMC for making fatal errors while caring for a six-year-old boy, Jack Adcock.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, originally from Nigeria, is at the centre of a storm, with many believing the decision to strike her off was racism.

Dr Bawa-Garba, who moved to Britain in 1994 and wears a headscarf, was backed by The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Its president said the GMC may have been influenced by her ethnicity, and said a white doctor would have been treated more leniently.

Jack – who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition – was admitted to the Leicester Royal Infirmary on February 18, 2011 with breathing difficulties and vomiting. He died 11 hours later.

He was seen by Dr Bawa-Garba, the most senior doctor on the shift, who had just returned from 13 months of maternity leave.

She initially diagnosed him with a stomach bug, when he in fact had the life-threatening condition sepsis.
Later, she failed to act on blood test results which showed he had a kidney infection.

On that shift, however, she was performing the roles of three doctors and overseeing six wards because the hospital was so understaffed.

Dr Bawa-Garba was initially handed a 12-month suspension by an independent panel, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, last June.

But in an unprecedented move, the GMC overturned this ruling in the High Court and Bawa-Garba was struck off on January 25. 

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