Cllr Carol Runciman has written to Ministers urging action to guarantee the rights of health and social care staff from outside the EU, following the decision to axe the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21.
Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine tabled the Immigration (Health and Social Care Staff) Bill 2019-21, which was due for its second reading on Friday, 15th January. However, the Government’s decision to axe all Friday sittings until the end of March, will see this and dozens of other Private Members Bills rejected and the chance for them to be debated lost.
Ms Jardine’s Bill proposed that all health and social care staff working here but from outside the EU would be granted indefinite leave to remain, giving them peace of mind about their immigration status and granting them the rights enjoyed by British citizens.
Councillor Runciman is calling on the Government to make time available to pass this urgent legislation, which has cross-party support, and send out a message that we recognise, value and appreciate the work that our NHS heroes have done for all of us.
Councillor Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, commented:
“During the last 10 months, we have all seen the selflessness and professionalism of our frontline health and care workers, who have risked their lives in order to protect ours.
“I was incredibly disappointed to learn that instead of acknowledging and rewarding those who have been at the forefront of our efforts to combat Coronavirus, the Government has declined to guarantee their rights.
“Granting indefinite leave to remain to health and social care staff from abroad, would send out a message that we recognise, value and appreciate the work that they and so many people have done for all of us.
“The Government should state, loudly and unequivocally, that those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to stay and make their lives here.”