RNHA: agencies recruiting care staff don’t need ‘gangmaster-style’ policing
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) says it would be an expensive mistake to bring employment agencies supplying staff to social care services within the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).
Responding to a BBC Radio 4 Face the Facts programme on problems that some overseas care workers brought to the UK have experienced, the RNHA said extending the GLA remit to social care would add unnecessarily to the costs of providing services at a time when the public purse was already stretched to the limit.
RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the fact that a minority of agencies have not delivered the packages they promised to overseas recruits, and that a few UK social care employers may not have abided by employment legislation, should not be allowed to tarnish all the agencies involved or the whole social care sector.
“We agree with comments attributed to the Minister for Empl