Concern mounts over Home Office decision on work permits
The three major provider associations have voiced concern about the Home Office’s apparent decision to refuse work permits to senior carers from overseas, non-EU, countries such as the Philippines, India and South Africa.
In a joint statement, the English Community Care Association (ECCA), the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) and the National Care Association (NCA), said:
“We, as members of the Work Permits Healthcare Sector Panel, are extremely concerned that the panel has been sidestepped in the review of policy on the issuing of work permits for senior carers. The overall poor communication with the care home sector has resulted in a good deal of mis-information and rumours and we are still awaiting guidance from the Border and Immigration Agency to issue to our members.
“We remain in regular touch with the agency in order to obtain a definitive statement both on new work permits and extensions for existing senior carers. We believe the abrupt change of direction in