On Tuesday 30 January, the Home Office made a statement regarding changes to the legal migration system, noting the removal of the right for international care workers and senior care workers to bring dependents to England. This will come into force on 11 March 2024.
In response to this, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said:
“If this new policy to stop Social Care workers from bringing dependents to the UK is the best way to streamline how we recruit overseas staff, why has the same set of measures not been applied to the NHS?
Yet again, we see the government singling out social care for negative treatment, whilst at the same time, talking endlessly about integration. The Department for Health and Social Care needs to fight for social care in the same way it fights for the NHS because we are not only neglected but we are constantly treated differently and detrimentally to the NHS.“