Care consultant urges operators not to panic ahead of Brexit negotiations

Healthcare Management Solutions chief executive Tony Stein has called for the care industry to wait and see how Brexit negotiations unfold before hitting the panic button.

Healthcare Management Solutions provides back office administration and consultancy for care home operators looking to improve performance,

Mr Stein thinks that people predicting disaster following the UK’s vote to leave the EU Referendum have jumped the gun. “In my opinion it is unhelpful to start to panic or to take actions based upon pure speculation. It appears as though some operators in the sector have the benefit of foresight that most of us lack,” he digs.

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“They decry the Brexit decision as a disaster on the basis that the economic decline (that they seem sure will occur) will reduce the resources that the government has to spend on health and social care. Surely the impact on the economy has yet to be seen,” he adds.

On the hot topic of maintaining access to EU workers for the care sector, Mr Stein also urges operators to wait and see how the negotiation progresses. “[Operators] suggest that leaving the EU will lead to a staff and skills shortage given the inability to source staff from the EU. Unless I’ve missed something, no decisions have yet been taken about what our post-Brexit immigration policy will be,” he says.

Mr Stein does expect the care industry to make its voice heard during negotiations. “It is vital that we identify all of the potential issues and bring these to the decision-makers during the Brexit planning stage in order to ensure that any decisions are made on the basis of the best possible information. To become despondent for what might not be is simply a waste of energy,” he concludes.

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