Priority should be social care, says NHS Employers in response to migration report
Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the impact of EEA migration on the UK labour market, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“We strongly support many of the policy recommendations made by this timely report, and are pleased the MAC has highlighted the social care funding crisis.
“The number one priority should be options for social care employers to hire social care workers. It would be completely unacceptable to allow vital services to close under the strain of not having the people required to provide good care, and so we welcome the recognition that sustainable funding would drive improved pay and conditions – and make this sector a much more attractive place to work.
“A youth mobility scheme will simply not be sufficient for a sector employing over 1.5 million people in England, of which 175,000 care workers are from abroad.
“We have consistently flagged concerns about extending the Tier 2 system to EEA nationals, so while we welcome the MAC’s recommendation the Tier 2 cap be abolished, without reforming the system beyond this, the NHS and social care will struggle to recruit the staff they need.”