Wake-up call to government on immigration and health inequalities

Responding to Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On, Sara Gorton, Cavendish Coalition co-convenor and UNISON head of health, said:“The stark findings that life expectancy has stalled in England for the first time since 1900 and health is getting worse for people living in more deprived areas should be a wake-up call.

“While the Government has set out plans for investment to address inequality, we are concerned its approach to immigration could add to problems when it could be part of the solution.

“If care homes close their doors or home care services are reduced because they don’t have the right numbers of staff to deliver the care needed, people and their families will suffer even greater problems accessing vital services and support.

“The growing demand for social care and the continued absence of a longer term funding settlement for the sector means that recruiting care workers from outside the UK in the immediate term is essential. The Cavendish Coalition calls on the government to award points for social care in its points-based system and provide longer-term visas.”

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