Social care overlooked once again as Tories move to boost NHS recruitment


Care leaders have slammed the government for overlooking social care following its announcement that it aims to make it easier for overseas doctors and nurses to work in the UK following Brexit.

The government announced last week that it intended to introduce an “NHS visa” as part of a promised “points-based immigration system”.

The government also said it was considering scrapping the minimum salary requirement of £30,000 for skilled migrants seeking five-year visas that has been criticised for its impact on the social care sector.

Story continues below

Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England, said: “Whilst the Prime Minister’s decision to omit social care from his announcements is indicative of the inequality of treatment and attention placed upon the respective sectors it is also counterintuitive given that  that the future sustainability of both sectors are fundamentally interlinked.

“Overseas nationals make a huge contribution to the care of some of society’s most vulnerable through the provision of social care. Future governments need to facilitate this through the creation of a sound migration policy which also recognises the currently fragility of the social care market in broad terms, but also, the acute nature of those workforce challenges currently faced by providers.”

Nadra Ahmed, chairman of the National Care Association, added: “We note with deep disappointment that once again that government’s entire focus on the recruitment crisis in health and social care is fixated on the NHS! Despite consistent evidence and messaging they have failed to recognise that you cannot fix just half a problem, the Department (DHSC) is responsible for the whole sector and without including social care in the solution to the crisis, the NHS will continue to suffer and struggle…the naivety is astounding and quite frankly beyond a joke now!”

Charles Armitage, co-founder and CEO at Florence, added: “Sadly, and predictably, this completely ignores the social care sector which is suffering worse staffing shortfalls than the NHS. We are short more than 100,000 staff in social care and this policy does nothing to tackle this.”

Tags : LegislationRecruitment

The author Lee Peart


  1. Again Boris and Matt are not listening, will they ever listen.

    Well, the hope is they will so Martin, Nadra and Charles keep hammering the message home.

    But why just leave it to them, why not have your own say, but how you say?

    Well, I have a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, which states many concerns, so by signing the petition your voice will be heard.

    Please relate to the following

    So, please could I mention that the forthcoming Budget is an important opportunity to address the crucial issue of funding for Social Care, but will it.

    Boris has promised, but will he keep his promise and even if money is made available will it be sufficient.

    Boris has now mentioned it will take 5 years to get the funding, Social Care can not wait that long.

    Boris needs to be told this is not good enough, so it is essential we keep the pressure on Boris and my petition ‘Solve the crisis in Social Care could be the means.

    Please see below

    We now have the New Year 2020.

    However, if the ‘Crisis in Social Care’ is not Solved soon there will not be many more New Years for the care, required for persons in need of care, to be provided by Local Authorities due to their lack of funding.

    This will then have a much greater impact on health care provision, which is itself in crisis.

    I have therefore created my latest petition, please follow the link

    For more information please follow the link

  2. Why is the advice of professionals in the sector falling on the Government’s deaf ears. Why make promises before an election only to refuse recognition of the social care sector after the election. Great start to a new regime / full of false promises. Do something now before the lives of our elderly are irreversibly effected!

Leave a Response