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I am a Spanish consultant anaesthetist working in Leicester; the place that I call home. I came to this country with my husband in 2013 looking for a new experience and to develop my career; I have largely achieved this. At that time, Spain was in the middle of an economic crisis and although I had a job, working conditions were not good and long-term or permanent contracts for young doctors did not exist. I started working in the NHS as a staff doctor and I must say that I have always felt welcomed and supported by my colleagues.I had the opportunity of doing a fellowship in cardiothoracic anaesthesia in a great place. I worked in London as a locum consultant and finally after working very hard I got a substantive job in a place that I love.I believe the NHS is a great health system even with its imperfections. I am however afraid that the NHS IS at risk. After the referendum, European doctors and nurses have been much less attracted to working in the UK and many are now leaving. As a result, there is now a huge problem with nursing recruitment in my hospital. I finally felt settled in this country and then Britain voted to leave and everything became confusing.Brexit means uncertainty to me. It has been a big stopping point in my life, and I have had to put everything on hold as the uncertainty means it has been difficult to make any long-term plans. I am scared that this country is heading towards a massive crisis. I have already experienced this in Spain. My husband is a Spanish consultant anaesthetist working in the NHS as well. We have decided to wait and see how this situation turns out as to whether we will stay here. Even though we would like to settle here for a longer time, we won’t risk buying a house in this political chaos. We may have to reluctantly pack our bags and go back to Spain.Dr Patricia Romero Palomino is a consultant anaesthetist in Leicester
I am desperately concerned about the effects of Brexit in general, but naturally, the harm that it will cause to the NHS is of particular concern to a retired doctor who is now a patient.
I am very angry with the politicians who took a gamble on our future and who have been unable to resolve the problems of negotiating the imminent separation of the UK from the mainland. New medicines? Import/export of drugs? Sharing research? Cross-fertilisation of ideas and expertise?
Few of the people I know admit to having voted to leave. I have lived in Kent for many years (and Brexit could cause us many headaches), but I’m Scottish and my country voted convincingly to stay - not the flimsy English majority which should never have been considered a mandate for such a drastic change. Scotland is not being served by this anglocentric Westminster clique, and Ireland (province) only because the DUP have Theresa May by the b**ls.
May’s statement that she might repeal EU Human Rights law is worrying (and that’s just for starters.)
I’m not sure how our anonymous troll has been able to post so many stereotypical comments. I don’t think she’s a doctor or BMA member, probably a machine.
Help! I’ve posted a comment and somehow it’s “Anonymous”. I’m Dr Patricia Fowlie, and I’m not ashamed of standing up for the NHS, and the EU!
Hi Patricia and everybody else. I'm a Spanish Dr as well. I came to the UK more than 22 years ago and I've been working here since. I'm very lucky because I have reached retirement age so I'm not really worried for myself regarding Brexit and going back to Spain. My home is here, with my English partner. My worries are for all these medications which are already lacking and foods that are not going to be available any longer or if they are they would be quite expensive and for all the research projects that would have to be abandoned once the UK is no longer in the EU and for all these young British who would be denied the opportunity that we had to go to study or to work anywhere in the EU. And of course I'm feeling sad for all the British who are living abroad at the moment and might have to come back or for my partner if I move back to Spain and we have to cross the borders every 3 months, so he can take the opportunity to see his GP in the UK, if there are still any Drs left who have not migrated somewhere else. Lola Tomás Tello