Brexit could leave UK with 380,000 care worker shortage by

BRITAIN’S already struggling social care system could reach breaking point over the next few years as a ‘no deal’ Brexit would threaten the freedom of movement of vital low-skilled EU health workers, according to new analysis.

The research revealed the care sector could face significant difficulties due to its reliance on EU workers.
Global Future, a think-tank that advocates for immigration, freedom of movement and an open Britain, used data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to show how the massive shortfall will impact the care system.
Peter Starkings, director of Global Future, told The Independent: “Ministers have got to stop treating social care as an afterthought and get serious about ensuring our loved ones are properly cared for.
“Keeping free movement in the sector is a first step, but the Government has to do more.
“Without action our care sector faces a staffing shortfall of almost 400,000 by 2026.
“That must not be allowed to happen.”
The Government has nevertheless responded by saying it is planning opportunities for career progression in order to encourage more people to consider entering the social care sector.
There have also been calls for a national recruitment campaign.
Matt Hancock will look at the UK social care system (Image: GETTY)
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We recognise the invaluable contribution of social care workers and we are confident of reaching a deal wit the EU which benefits our health and care workforce.
“We want to promote adult social care as a career of choice.”
There are currently 1.34 million people working in the adult social care sector.
However one in every six adult social care positions in England is occupied by someone from outside the UK.
The sector already has a shortfall of 90,000 staff, which is three times the UK labour market average.
In England, there are expected to be a further 1.5 million people over the age of 75 by 2026.
This means an extra 420,000 workers will be required to ensure the demand is met.
For several years, the social care sector has not received the funding it requires to provide a sufficient service.
The lack of money also means social care companies and the Government have struggled to recruit UK workers.
Without the recruitment of overseas staff, the sector will only meet ten per cent of the growth needed, according to the research.