Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) report on a future immigration system, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“Reducing the salary threshold is welcome but does not go far enough. In both health and social care we cannot recruit and retain the staff we need now, and unless we have the right migration arrangements we risk stretching local services to breaking point.
“The description of the pressure on social care as ‘slightly increased’ misses the point – this is the biggest challenge facing social care and health and today’s report simply does not reflect that.”
Notes to editors:
Nearly all (98%) of leaders share the view that the worsening social care crisis is having a damaging knock-on impact on the NHS and patient care. Every single respondent felt that like the NHS, the social care sector needs its own long-term plan and significant investment. Read more in NHS Confederation report: Fit for the future: how should the incoming Government help the NHS?”