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Brexit is a bitter pill for many foreign doctors

LONDON — The National Health Service has been described as the closest thing Britain has to a national religion. Created after World War II, the NHS provides free health care to all U.K. residents. But even before Britons voted to leave the European Union, the financially strapped NHS was beset by workforce shortages. It has long relied on foreigners to fill its ranks, with around 5 percent of its staff coming from Europe. Now Brexit — Britain's departure from the 28-country bloc in March 2019 — is making matters worse, particularly among general practitioners. The fall in the value of the pound and the perception that Britain is less welcomi ...