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Caribbean nurses celebrated

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Nurses originally from the Caribbean have been thanked for their contribution to the NHS over the past half century.

Nurses originally from the Caribbean have been thanked for their contribution to the NHS over the past half century.

Health Minister Rosie Winterton praised the contribution of NHS staff who came over from the Caribbean in the 1940's, 50's and 60's for their help in the founding years of the NHS.

Ms Winterton was hosting an event for contributors to Many Rivers to Cross: The History of the Caribbean Contribution to the NHS -a book about the story of Caribbean men and women who staffed the NHS during its formative years, using archive photographs and testimonies.

'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,' said Ms Winterton.

Because of the destruction caused by the Second World War and labour shortages, hospitals oftenrecruited staff from the Caribbean to work in the new NHS.

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