The COVID Diaries – 106    13th July

With Covid-19 continuing to be most people’s major concern, the impact of the end of BREXIT transition arrangements features less prominently in the news.

Today Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that most care workers will be excluded from a new fast-track post-Brexit visa scheme for health workers, despite fears of staff shortages in the sector.

Boris Johnson denied that care homes, which have been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis, would struggle to recruit enough workers under the new system.

But others disagree and there is serious concern about how care homes will cope. The Royal College of Nursing said the plans fell short of what was required and would directly affect patient care.

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