Earlier this week Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, announced details of what the UK’s points-based immigration system will look like once it comes into effect on January 1st, 2021.
Whilst the system will include a health and care visa allowing key health professionals the right to work in the UK, the Government has revealed that social care workers will note be covered in this visa in the hopes that employers will “invest more in training and development for care workers in this country”.
However, many in the social care sector fear that this will be damaging for residential care and home care providers who may face a staffing crisis as we approach an uncertain winter period that could see a second wave of the coronavirus.
Reacting to the news, Ravi Bains said:
“It is disappointing and frustrating to see social care staff once again excluded from healthcare policies. Care workers have gone above beyond to keep our families and friends safe during this pandemic, so it is a real missed opportunity for the Government to show how much we value social care staff.
“Immigrants are the backbone of the social care sector, and without their invaluable contribution the sector could be left critically understaffed. I urge the Home Secretary to review this decision immediately to avoid a workforce cliff edge for social care.”