Employment ArticlesPossible Consequences of Brexit on Care Homes and NHS
The question is what effect a British exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU) might have on care homes for the aged in the United Kingdom (UK).The UK Office for National Statistics estimates that 91,000 UK care workers, one in seven, are non-EU immigrants. Another statistical estimate is that 71,600 social care jobs, one in 20, twice the rate for the UK labour force as a whole, are unfilled.
Club fire highlights problems in Romanian Healthcare System
When fire broke out during an October 30 concert at the Collectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, 162 people were injured in addition to at least 49 concert goers who died in the blaze itself and in a stampede toward the building’s only exit. Romanian hospitals were overwhelmed with the influx of patients and lacked the facilities, the medical staff and the medicine to cope with the serious burns that many of the injured concertgoers suffered.
Differences in Minimum Wage compared across Europe
Many countries in Europe operate under a set statutory minimum wage that ensure that workers get paid a reasonable salary. The minimum wage is important as it prevents the exploitation of such people by unscrupulous businesses and employers. Also, one can know the least amount to expect when they apply for a job for the day.
Nursing homes struggle to fill vacancies as nurses from Eastern Europe opt for Germany
The opening of the UK positions to workers in eastern EU countries has meant that positions in nursing homes were opened up to Polish and Romanian nurses, and their proportion within the nursing home workforce increased as a result. Migration has continued to a point where migrant staff now makes up a significant proportion of medical staff in the UK. In fact, a recent poll by think tank 'British Future' found that almost 3 quarters of respondents believed that the NHS simply wouldn't be able to survive in it's current form without foreign doctors and nurses.
Could the UK Healthcare system survive without EU Nurses and Carers?
In 2004 European Parliament and the Council Directives made certain provisions for Eastern European countries from the A8 to join the EU. Part of this influx has been EU Nurses and EU Care Workers who can work in the UK and provide quality labour skills.
Spanish Nurses move to UK as Spain's economy falters
Spain’s unemployment rate is especially worst, amongst the youth. According to a BBC report, in early January 2013 the country’s official statistics set the unemployment figures at 26% or 6 million people with youths representing 55% of this number. The high number was attributed to prolonged recession and massive spending cuts by the Spanish authorities. Meanwhile the UK, unemployment figures continued on a downward trend, despite few notable fluctuations. The Office for National Statistics in UK indicates that the unemployment rates for December-to-January 2013 stood at a solid 7.2%.
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