Several thousand EU nurses and doctors have left the UK since the referendum and newly registered EU nurses are down nearly 90% The NHS was short of nurses to start with. It seems likely that in the coming months, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of elderly Brits are going to contract COVID19 and require urgent medical care. The disease has at least a 15% mortality rate in the over 80s. But there won’t be enough doctors and nurses to help them. Not all of them.