By October 16th the equivalent of 91.15 full time Band 5 Staff Nurses had left the hospital for EU countries, leaving the hospital with 324.38 vacant posts. These Band 5 nurses are on the front line dealing with the day to day running of wards caring and attending to the needs of their patients. This number accounts for almost a third of nursing staff at the hospital.
Many of these positions are currently being filled by expensive agency nurses, who are often not only unfamiliar with the running of wards but are also a heavy drain on the finances of the NHS trust.
Other staff including consultants, doctors, radiographers and other health scientists have left, leaving a total of 113.15 full time and equivalent posts vacant.
Councillor Gerry Kelly, the Liberal Democrat spokesman on health and public protection on Fareham Borough Council, who put in the FOI request said, “Staff who have been helping to keep our principal hospital going are voting with their feet as a result of uncertainty over their future after Brexit.”