The Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately has written a letter to health and care recruitment agencies, calling on them to work in constructive partnership with the NHS and other services during this time of heightened need.
The letter, which has been sent to agencies working in the health and care sector in England, refers to the health and social care workforce as 'our most important asset' and states, 'We trust that you will work with the NHS and social care providers, in the public interest, to ensure that staff are placed efficiently, are fully compliant, and are proportionately remunerated for the time they are willing to give to the NHS and social care during this period of public need.'
The health and social care workforce is under unprecedented pressure and staffing issues are a serious concern for many providers. The Minister's letter to recruitment agencies working in the sector requests that recruiters do not use this increased demand for staff as an opportunity to increase costs, saying, 'While, under normal circumstances, a rise in demand would likely result in a rise in prices for staff, we are encouraging trusts to work in a collegiate way so as not to create excessive competition or negatively impact the ability of the system as a whole to maintain safe staffing levels.'
This comes as Government announces that everyone must remain in their homes unless they have a specific need to leave, schools close and more workers are unable to attend their jobs, leaving the health and care sectors in real need for workers.
The full letter can be viewed on the Government website.