Britain’s NHS has been struggling to keep up with nurse staffing, just like the US, Japan, and seemingly most of the world. The UK health system is projected to have a shortage of 30,000 nurses in the next year, and Brexit isn’t helping that number any. About 1,300 EU nurses applied to work in the country the month after Brexit. That same figure in April? Just 46. That’s about a 96% drop. This InsightCity writer has seen drag shows with less dramatic drops. To be sure, this is a chronic shortage and the Brexit vote is definitely not the primary cause of it. But it’s something to keep in mind as the UK prepares to begin goodbye negotiations with the EU.
Even with rising healthcare costs and uncertainty surrounding healthcare legislation, one thing never changes: people getting old. That shockingly continues to hold true for the baby boomer generation currently straddling both sides of the senior citizen line. A large aging population—especially one predicted to be sicker in their twilight years than earlier generations—will need more healthcare workers to help manage and treat their health. Per new data from LinkedIn, the 100 largest hospital systems (by revenue) have increased their headcounts by about 6% over the past couple years. Couple that with about 30,000 healthcare jobs created per month in the past year, and it looks like job security won’t be an issue for the foreseeable future.