Hello my name is Joan and I am a Nurse.
After finishing my nursing degree in 1997, I couldn’t find a stable job and I ended up delivering pizzas.
I came to the UK in 2000 to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.
I landed in Luton on bonfire night with just £50 in my pocket and a suitcase full of hope. I have worked hard for the NHS ever since.
In these 18 years, I fell in love here, I married here, I bought my first house here, I had my children here and I fulfilled my dream of being a nurse here.
The UK is my home. I always felt it was home. But Brexit has turned our lives upside down.
In recent years migrants like me have been constantly accused of bringing the NHS onto its knees, but let me be clear, we are one of the main reasons why our #NHS still standing on its feet!!
Things did not happen overnight; instead, little by little, I have seen attitudes towards migrants change. Tensions had been building up slowly, but Brexit was like someonelifted the lid off the tin.
After nearly two decades, I no longer feel welcome or valued.
The NHS suffered from staff shortages and tight budgets long before Brexit. It is utterly staggering that our NHS has lost over 200,000 nurses under the Tories.
That is 90 Nurses a Day that they have had enough! It’s a HUGE problem.
We currently have over 40,000 nursing vacancies are just the beginning. Brexit, topped by the hostile environment created by the Government, has meant both an immediate and a longer-term loss of EU medical professionals.
Brexit is the biggest symptom of our broken system. It is undeliverable in the way it was promised by the Leave campaign in 2016.
We now know that there is no form of Brexit that will not leave us poorer, weaker and less secure but what’s worse Brexit is threatening the future of the NHS.
Now the same people that wrote the famous £350 million at the side of the bus are planning to sell the NHS as part of the UK-US trade deal.
What worries me more is that the chronic staff shortage means it is getting more and more difficult to provide safe care.
We need defend our world-class NHS with access to the best medicines.
If we want the NHS to continue for another 70 years, we need to stop Brexit and put an end to the Hostile Environment that this government is obsess with.
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