The NHS could suffer a shortage of more than 51,000 nurses after Brexit, a damning new report has warned. Waiting times are also set to increase because immigration changes will mean it will become more difficult to recruit and retain staff. The authors of the new report said politicians needed to seriously examine the impact that Brexit will have on our health service. In England there is already a shortage of 41,722 nurses. It estimated that in the short term there would be an additional shortage of around 2,700 nurses. They said that would rise to between 5,000 and 10,000 during the remaining period of Brexit transition to 2021. Experts have said the total shortage across all of social care could easily top 70,000 people.