Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid has announced consultation to revoke the legislation to make mandatory COVID vaccination a condition of deployment for the NHS, wider social care staff and care home staff.
This follows wide media speculation that the health and care secretary was about to remove the mandatory vaccination provision in a bid to secure NHS workforce.
The move has angered care representatives who consider this evidence of NHS favouritism. Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, said: “Care homes have been the scapegoat. This policy… has had unintended consequences with staff leaving the sector, some to the NHS.
“Whilst the Government claims that health and social care are the same system it is clear that they are operating under different standards; once again social care is the poor relation.”
National Care Forum CEO Vic Rayner OBE said:
“The government must apologise to the social care staff who have lost their jobs and to the people receiving care and support who have had to watch relationships they cherish being severed abruptly, and to the social care providers who have invested significant time, energy and resources into implementing a chaotic policy that is now considered obsolete.
“It is vital that the government learns from this experience.”