Migrant Workers Make ‘Enormous Contribution’ To NHS
A health expert has spoken out on the positive impact migrant workers have on the NHS.
Those supporting Britain leaving the EU claim remaining part of the 28-nation bloc could cause mass immigration and have argued tirelessly over the negative impact this will have on the NHS.
However, the Health Foundation’s Anita Charlesworth has acknowledged the long tradition of migrant workers in the NHS adding: “those individuals have made an enormous contribution.”
Ms Charlesworth, director of research and economics, said migrant workers were crucial to Britain’s NHS as they addresses a skills gap and “people don’t know how we (the UK) would have got through without the input of migrant workers.”
According to former London Mayor and Leave campaigner Boris Johnson uncontrolled immigration would put: “huge pressure on our public services.”
In a report issued by the Health Foundation last year Ms Charlesworth also said: “England does not produce enough staff to run our health care system on a sustainable basis. Having the right people, with the right skills, committed to the service and working together effectively as a team is the cornerstone of everything the NHS does.
According to a report by the Financial Times Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, added that a Brexit could “create a damaging skills gap, particularly in health, social care, and social housing” as the number of migrants who could potentially contribute to these sectors in labour would be slashed.