BREXIT is 'unsustainable' for the NHS, according to Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran.

Her comments come after Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) recorded a 'significant rise' in the number nurses quitting their posts during March.

As reported in this paper on Tuesday, the trust, which runs the county's acute hospitals including the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, has seen a higher number of EU nurses leaving, particularly Spanish nurses due to Brexit 'anxiety'.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Moran said: "It is deeply upsetting to hear that hard-working EU staff members are leaving the NHS in droves in Oxfordshire – the Conservatives should be ashamed.

“One of our country’s most important institutions should be open and welcoming, and this Brexit uncertainty is leading to alarming levels of staff turnover.

“Brexit is completely unsustainable for our NHS and unfair on vital staff members who come from neighbouring countries to serve the UK’s public sector.

"This reason among many others is exactly why I am campaigning to stop Brexit.”

OUH said the increase was due to experience working in hospitals no longer counting towards job prospects in Spain following Brexit.

The trust, which currently has around 1,000 staff vacancies, is now recruiting more nurses from other countries outside the EU.