There’s a Lot of Uncertainty about the Consequences of Brexit for Irish Nurses

There appears to be a lot of confusion regarding the status of nurses who happen to be working on both sides of the border. This is especially the case between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you work in an Irish nurse agency or if you are seeking work at an Irish nursing recruitment agency then you may have run into some issues already.

Northern Ireland shares some services with the Republic. This happens to include the cardiology services as well as some cancer services. You also have some clinicians who choose to work across both sides of the border. The Telegraph has reported that they could be arrested if they do not have dual registration by the end of the month. This is even the case if you are a doctor, or an esteemed surgeon. The BBC website has reported that 100 nurses and medics have to make sure that they are registered in both countries. If they aren’t, then they may not be allowed to operate and this can result in legal consequences.

Nursing regulators who work in the UK have told the Nursing Times that not a whole not has changed. Nurses who work in both nations have always had to have some kind of dual registration, but of course, Brexit is going to bring some new factors into this. The EU transition period has given a lot of flexibility to workers but at the same time, this isn’t really available anymore. It’s said that well over 70 nurses are going to have to get a level of dual-registration by the end of March if they want to be able to work south of the Irish border. This is very bad news to anyone who does not intend to get registered.

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