Gordon MP Richard Thomson has written to the Home Office urging the UK Government to tackle the barriers to healthcare workforce recruitment which have been put up as a result of Brexit.
Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Government have repeatedly asked for a system which not only allows employers to attract and access the skills and talent they need, but also responds to Scotland’s distinct demographic challenges, communities and public services.
Responding to the UK Minister of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I am pleased to see your Department is considering options to help retain those trained in the UK and exploring these with the Department of Health and Social Care. However, there is no clarity in your response on how the UK Government are considering the distinct needs of Scotland’s health care workforce in their thinking on these issues, where health and social care are devolved matters.
“At the very least, the UK Government must urgently respond to the recommendations made by their independent Migration Advisory Committee following their recent review of the adult social care sector and annual report, both published during 2022. I am aware that reducing barriers to healthcare workforce recruitment remains crucial for Scottish Ministers and an immigration system which enables employers to attract and access the skills and talent it needs is vitally important.
“The UK Government must deliver an immigration system that considers Scotland’s distinct demographic challenges, our communities and our public services.”