Jan 25, 2019
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Caribbean women answered the call from ‘the Mother Country’

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There are film clips that reveals the untold story of how thousands of Caribbean women answered the call from ‘the Mother Country’ to come and help build Britain’s National Health Service.

40,000 nurses and midwives from around the Commonwealth answered the call from “the Mother Country” to help build Nye Bevan’s nascent National Health Service, which was suffering a staffing crisis.   Many were still teenagers when they arrived, expecting an idealised version of bucolic Blighty but instead finding a grey country where, rather than being welcomed, they were met with hostility. In hindsight, they were phlegmatic rather than angry, baffled why patients refused their care because of skin colour.

 

 

Link for film clips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr8Ul6FTZzw

 

https://vimeo.com/238278613

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTP-iIFu48

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04hjnd9


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Caribbean nurses and the NHS · Films
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