It is the government that is as guilty as anyone else for allowing this to continue. Let’s take the 2017 memorandum of understanding between the Home Office, NHS Digital and the Department of Health. It encouraged the exchange of information between these institutions on the immigration status of patients. It was hardly a recipe for tolerance and inclusion.
The minister for children and families role was downgraded in January 2018 from minister of state to junior minister level, and it will retain this status under Badenoch. The minister’s responsibilities include early years policy, including inspection and regulation.