New Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) figures have shown a rise in the number of UK nurses leaving the profession.
The NMC figures reveal that 45% more UK registrants left the register than joined it over the last year.
The figures come after the NMC recently reported a 96% drop in the number of EU nurses coming to the UK (see EU nurses shun Brexit Britain).
The NMC data shows the number of nurses leaving the register is outstripping those joining, with the trend most notable for UK nurses and midwives, accounting for 85% of the register.
The NMC’s register increased in size year on year from 2013, reaching a peak of 692,556 in March 2016.
However, between March 2016 to March 2017, the register reduced by 1,783 registrants to 690,773.
This reduction continued into the first quarter of the financial year 2017/18. Figures for April and May 2017 show a reduction of a further 3,264 registrants. This is a cumulative reduction in the register of 5,047 people between March 2016 and May 2017.
NMC data also reveals a noticeable rise in the number of nurses under 40 leaving the profession.
Working conditions (including issues such as staffing levels), changes in personal circumstances (such as ill health or caring responsibilities) and disillusionment with the quality of care provided to patients are cited as among the leading reasons for people leaving.