Responding to today’s announcement on NHS visas, Sara Gorton, a Cavendish Coalition co-convenor and UNISON head of health, said:
“Any steps which recognise the importance of tackling the 100,000 vacancies in the NHS are to be welcomed. But we would press any incoming government after the General Election to be more ambitious particularly on social care.
“The social care workforce challenge is that 580,000 new staff would be needed just to keep pace with the projected growth in the population of over 65s by 2035. We already need more people because there are 122,000 social care vacancies.
“We would call on any incoming government to enable all health and social care employers to recruit and employ any necessary labour from outside the UK without criteria.”