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Government commends contribution of Caribbean staff in NHS

3rd April 2007

A health minister has thanked people from the Caribbean for helping turn the NHS into a “world-class service”.

Speaking at an event celebrating new book Many Rivers to Cross: The History of the Caribbean Contribution to the NHS, Rosie Winterton asserted that the UK’s free healthcare provision has reached such high standards thanks to the dedication of staff who arrived from locations including the West Indies in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Department of Health spokesperson said that migrants relocating to the UK in the founding years of the NHS helped shape its services through their hard work.

Ms Winterton remarked: “The NHS has become a high quality service in large part because of the commitment, skill and dedication of health professionals from the Caribbean and other parts of the world, from its inception in 1948 up to the present day.”

One of the contributors to the new publication, Dr Nola Ishmael OBE, commented that the health service provided people from ethnic minorities with access to excellent training opportunities and gave people both prestige and job security.

Produced in partnership with the health department, the book features oral testimony from more than 30 people who moved to the UK and took jobs as doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with the NHS.

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