Lib Dems condemn failure to properly recognise contribution of foreign nationals working in NHS and care

Responding to the Home Office announcement that they are extending the indefinite leave to remain to the families of NHS support staff and social care workers who die as result of contracting coronavirus, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

"This offer adds insult to injury for those who are putting their lives on the line by saying their their contribution will only be recognised if they die. That is not good enough.

"The Government must go much further to recognise the contribution of those caring for our loved ones during this crisis. For example, foreign nationals are on the frontline, caring and providing critical care for our loved ones during a pandemic and the Government should recognise their contribution.

“The UK should say, loudly and unequivocally, that those who have put their lives at risk for our country are welcome to live in it. We must recognise the risk that each and every one of our health and care staff are taking by working to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

"The Home Secretary should give all foreign nationals working in the NHS and social care and their families the indefinite leave to remain in the UK, with no costs or bureaucratic hurdles. It is the very least she can do.”

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