The Tories forced similar measures on social care in November last year, leading to an exodus of around 40,000 staff. One care charity yesterday accused the government of using the sector as “the trial run for the NHS”.
Labour shadow health secretary Wes Streeting was also forced into an embarrassing retreat over the issue.
His party had originally opposed mandatory vaccines, but under his guidance had decided to change its policy and support the government.
Now, just a few weeks later, he spluttered that the policy “could see tens of thousands of staff forced to leave their roles at a time when our health service is already understaffed and overstretched.”
Labour’s change of policy had wrong-footed many health unions.