Free visas extensions should apply to all overseas health and care workers, says UNISON

Care workers almost ignored once again

Commenting on the government announcement that free visa extensions are to be given to many health workers, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Friday):

“Thousands of NHS workers will be relieved they don’t face hefty bills to continue providing vital services across the UK.

“Many have faced huge stresses and pushed themselves to the limit to treat and look after us all. It’s only right the government looks after them and makes their lives a little easier by granting free visas.

“But it looks like the care sector has been overlooked again. This scheme must extend to all employees in health and care, particularly the lowest paid who need this help the most.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, private and community sectors.

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