Danny Mortimer is co-convener of the Cavendish Coalition – a group of 36 health and social care organisations working together to ensure health and social care maintains an effective and sustainable workforce through Brexit and beyond. This includes the development of increased access to employment within the sector from UK citizens.
Responding to various stories in this morning’s press on the issue of the UK’s immigration policy once it exits the EU, he said: “EU workers with a diverse range of skills and qualifications make an invaluable contribution to the UK’s health and social care services.
“We want to work with the Government to ensure a future immigration system in which public service value is a key factor in assessing skill levels and setting entry requirements, and to tackle the often misleading assumption that the salary paid to a migrant worker is the prime indication of the value of their work to the health and wealth of the UK.
“We welcome therefore the Migration Advisory Committee’s recent commission as a crucial opportunity to develop policy rooted in the evidence base as to the country’s need.”