On Thursday 25 June 2020, there will be a debate in the House of Commons on a number of e-petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers. The subject for the debate was determined by the Petitions Committee. Its Chair, Catherine McKinnell MP, will open the debate. Below are the associated e-petitions submitted to the Petitions Committee, relevant Committee proceedings and Library and other briefings on the health and social care sector. The motion for debate is: That this House has considered e-Petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers
Above 100,000 signatures
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued a response on 4 May 2020, which included noting that “the Department of Health and Social Care has reached multi-year pay and contract reform agreements with trade unions across the NHS workforce.” It also said the forthcoming NHS People Plan “will set out the support and recognition that all NHS staff can expect to receive from their employer”.
The Home Office response on 6 May 2020 included a statement that “we are not currently looking at amending the citizenship requirements or introducing an automatic grant of it” and said it had “made provision for doctors, nurses and paramedics working for the NHS to automatically have their visas extended by one year if it is due to expire before 1 October 2020”.
The Home Office response on 29 May 2020 included a statement that “the Prime Minister has asked the Home Secretary and the Department of Health and Social Care to work together to exempt NHS and care staff from the immigration health surcharge. This means the Immigration Health Surcharge will not be increased for this group of workers but will instead be removed”.
The DHSC’s response on 20 April 2020 included a commitment to “bring forward a plan for social care this year” and was currently considering how to take forward cross-party talks on the issue.
Less than 10,000 signatures
- Award Covid-19 medals to all emergency services and involved armed forces (302613)
- Reward our healthcare heroes now for risking their lives to fight Covid-19 (318741)
- Incentivise NHS staff during the COVID-19 outbreak by making wages untaxable (304595)
- Reduce student debt for student nurses and midwives (300079)
- Write off all student loans for all NHS staff fighting COVID19 (310559)
UK Parliament Committee Proceedings
- House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Home Office must end discrimination against social care and NHS support staff and include them in visa extension scheme (2020)—including Full Report
- House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, Social care: Funding and Workforce (ongoing)
- House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee, Delivering Core NHS services during the pandemic and beyond (ongoing)
- Covid-19 and Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (2020)
- NHS staff from overseas: statistics (2020)
- Funding for healthcare students in England (2020)
- Coronavirus: implications for the higher and further education sectors in England (2020)
- Immigration Health surcharge (2020)
- Mental Health Awareness Week: The impact of coronavirus on health and social care workers (2020)
- Coronavirus: Health and social care key issues and sources (2020)
- Adult social care: Policy developments under the current Government (England) (2020)
- Nursing workforce shortage in England (2020)
- Paying for social care: 20 years of inaction (2019)
- Adult social care: The Government’s ongoing policy review and anticipated Green Paper (England) (2019)
Other relevant briefings
- Nuffield Trust, A public policy blind spot? The possible futures of the social care workforce (2020)
- NHS Employers, COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders (2020)
- NHS Providers, Supporting staff (2020)
- Skills for Care, The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England (2019)— including Full report (pdf).
- Nuffield Trust, The Gender pay gap in the English NHS: Analysis of some of the underlying causes (2019)
- Health Foundation, Falling short: The NHS workforce challenge (2019)