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EU referendum fallout

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Various deliberations on television following the EU referendum vote triggered an unpleasant memory. Post 9/11 a ward sister of white British origin remarked: 'When I care for a Muslim patient I wonder if he too hates the West and if he might be a terrorist.’ It felt humiliating as others in that group murmured their assent.

Now it is disquieting to note on social media how many nurses are expressing their satisfaction at the result of the referendum. Given that so much of the Leave campaign focused on so-called open borders - where hoards of immigrants were depicted as having brought the country to a breaking point - it appears that some nurses fear that immigration has diluted their Britishness and that voting to ‘go it alone' will give them back their identity and sovereignty.

After an intense period, when some vitriolic sentiments were expressed and

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