The Women’s Equality Party calls on the government to act now to save our European workforce and protect vital health and social care services.
As Labour and the Tories wrangle endlessly about which version of Brexit they want, our NHS and social care systems are facing a vacancy crisis. Last year there was a ninety percent decline in the number of EU migrants coming to work in the NHS. There is now a shortage of more than 200,000 staff across NHS trusts and adult social care, and a staggering 30 percent of adult social care workers leave every year.
As many as 62,000 NHS staff and 104,000 adult social care workers are EU migrants, but with the uncertainty over their future status and rising hostility towards EU nationals, thousands of nurses are now leaving the UK, deepening the existing crisis. This situation will only worsen if Brexit goes ahead, ending the freedom of movement these workers -and so everyone in Britain -- relies on.
WE ARE FACING AN NHS VACANCY CRISIS. SIGN OUR PETITION TO PROTECT OUR NURSES AND CARE WORKERS’ RIGHT TO STAY
Some people will say this isn’t just about Brexit, and they’re right. Poor working conditions; the removal of training bursaries; bullying and harassment; and low pay, have all contributed to this crisis. It is shameful that in the fifth largest economy in the world, nurses are being forced to use food banks. We have to tackle the reasons the care system is haemorrhaging workers--not add another reason for them to leave.
WE are standing in the European elections because the EU is crucial to our NHS. Our candidate Dr Hannah Barham-Brown trained as a nurse when bursaries were available, she is now a GP Trainee and has witnessed the crisis first-hand.
“We were warned by UKIP in 2016 that we were at “breaking point” because too many immigrants were arriving. Well I am telling you today that we are at breaking point because too many migrants are leaving.” - Dr Hannah Barham-Brown
Over the last year, the number of EEA nurses and midwives arriving to work in the NHS was just 968 - a massive fall from the 9,389 that arrived the year before the Brexit referendum. Our NHS is facing a vacancy crisis, we need to act now to protect the rights of the migrant workers who keep it going. The Women’s Equality Party is proposing radical action to save our NHS and care services, by creating a centralised register of European care workers and standardising training and assessment so that their qualifications are recognised in every EEA country. WE commit to giving nurses, midwives and social care workers training bursaries, the right to permanent residence after three years (rather than five) and access to public funds.
WE ARE FACING AN NHS VACANCY CRISIS. ADD YOUR NAME TO PROTECT OUR NURSES AND CARE WORKERS’ RIGHT TO STAY
For our vision of an equal and flourishing EU, including plans for a new and transformative EU-wide Care Workers’ Passport, read our manifesto not just to remain in the EU, but to advance.
A Fundraiser for The Women's Equality Party
Join Sandi Toksvig for an evening of everything other than baking. The host of QI, The Great British Bake Off and Fifteen to One will share unimaginable stories, absurd facts and frivolous jokes. Expect to laugh both your socks and sandals off.
''Frankly, we could all do with a laugh right now.''
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A unique night of revelry and revolution - because equality is better for everyone.
Sandi is well known to UK audiences as a broadcast, with a TV career including Whose line is it anyway? QI and The Great British Bake Off. Her radio career includes a decade as the chair of The News Quiz, which led to her induction in the Radio Hall of Fame. She has written over 20 books for children and adults and co-authored musicals and plays. She is also a political activist, having founded the Women's Equality Party in 2015.
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Catherine Mayer for the European Parliament
I am standing in the European Parliament election on the 23rd May with seven other fantastic candidates in unity with women across Europe. Lifting women will lift everyone.
Find out more about why we are standing and how you can help:
More equal societies are happier, healthier and wealthier. More equality doesn’t mean taking something away from one section of the population to give to another. It means more to go round. In co-founding the Women’s Equality Party in 2015, I was pursuing this vision, and we have seen many successes, growing a movement as well as a party that puts women’s equality at the heart of the debate in every election we contest. I’m asking for your vote to bring our voice to Europe.
WE are needed now more than ever.
Because across Europe and the UK, regressive populism is on the rise, promoting a politics of hatred and division. As ever, it is targeting women and minorities. We see it in the efforts to roll back women’s rights, in particular reproductive rights, which have already been curtailed in Poland, in Italy and in Austria.
Because one of the worst effects of globalisation has been the rise in human trafficking: the trade in people without legal pathways to migration. The majority of people trafficked across Europe are women and it is for sexual exploitation.
Because we are in the midst of a global climate emergency that is already causing devastation the world over, particularly in the poorest countries and hitting the poorest people, the majority of whom are women.
The solutions to these problems lie in collaborative working, in breaking down barriers between nations, not breaking away. And they lie in the understanding that gendered problems need gendered solutions.
I am standing for election to bring that perspective to the European Parliament, to build alliances with other parties from the UK and the EU, and to work with the other feminist political parties in Europe to forge new coalitions across old divisions.
I am calling for a new social deal in the EU, one that makes equality as important as the economy and understands the links between the two. I will work with other MEPs to establish minimum living standards across the EU that lift women out of poverty as part of the solution to the global challenges we face.
And I need you to help me do that.
WE need £50,000 to cover our election costs: to design and print leaflets, for targeted social media ads, billboard campaigns, candidates' childcare and campaign stunts.
Every donation, however small or large, helps us campaign for reform in Europe.
If 5,000 people donate £10, or 2,500 people donate £20, WE will have this covered!
Please give what you can. Thank you!
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