The King’s Fund response to the Home Secretary's announcement of a new points-based immigration plan

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Commenting on the Home Secretary’s announcement of a new points-based immigration system, and the need for overseas workers in the NHS and social care, Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development at The King’s Fund said:

‘While it's positive that the government recognises the need for overseas workers to help plug the significant gaps in the NHS workforce, there is a disappointing lack of consideration given to social care. The NHS workforce is only half the story; with more than 120,000 vacancies in social care, many people are struggling to access the support they need to live independently and avoid long stays in hospital.

‘In the absence of supportive immigration policies, the social care sector would need to significantly improve care worker pay and conditions to attract more home-grown staff. That will require an immediate funding boost, a comprehensive plan for sustainable staffing, and for the Prime Minster to deliver on his commitment to “fix social care once and for all”.’

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