It’s well-known that the NHS is reliant on foreign staff.
And a new infographic, released by the Government, reveals exactly where the workers in the health service are from.
The House of Commons Library picture shows there are 976,288 British staff working in the NHS – the equivalent of 87.5 per cent.
In contrast, 137,000 doctors, nurses and infrastructure staff are nationals of other countries, including just under 62,000 EU nationals – around 5.6 per cent.
Fears of an NHS staffing crisis have loomed since the historic vote in June 2016, as the numbers of EU nurses registering to work in the UK plunged.
But the new report states that the number of ‘EU staff has changed little since the referendum’, which has attracted huge skepticism.
The figures, which are derived from NHS Digital data, also show a breakdown of the 202 nationalities there are working in the health service.
And they come after US President Donald Trump last week sparked a diplomatic row with Britain after branding the NHS ‘broke and not working’.
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt immediately hit back, saying no-one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.
The House of Commons Library picture shows there are 976,288 British staff working in the NHS – the equivalent of 87.5 per cent
The new report shows two African countries, Zimbabwe (3,899) and Nigeria (5,405), were named in the top 10 – more than the 2,040 English-speaking Australians.
Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.
The Philippines pipped Ireland into third place, with 15,391 staff compared to the 13,016 that come from the Emerald Isle.
But the statistics also show there are more workers in the NHS from Sierra Leone than there are Finland, Austria and Belgium.
Some 503 people from the country on the west coast of Africa work under the NHS, compared to 380 Finns, 359 Belgians and 334 Austrians.
Three other African nations reported a greater number of staff working in the health service than the three European countries that are all within a three-hour air journey.
There are 489 workers from Uganda, 469 from Sudan and 465 from Zambia.
The data also showed there were fewer Swiss workers, 157, than those from Somalia (253), Cameroon (260), Mauritius (235), Gambia (213) and Malawi (202).
Syria, the Middle-Eastern country rocked by a civil war, came in at 72nd on the list of most popular nations working in the health service, with 148.
While there are also 289 Iraqis and 144 staff from Afghanistan in the NHS, according to the Commons report released yesterday.
The report also revealed the amount of foreign staff working in the NHS varies in different parts of the country.
In London, 12 per cent of staff in the NHS are nationals of other EU countries – but in the North East the proportion is as low as two per cent.