Celebrate 75yrs since Windrush and the diversity of the NHS Workforce with UNISON

Next month see’s the 75th anniversary of NHS, and UNISON will be highlighting the contribution of those black and ethnic minorities who make our NHS the biggest employer in Europe of people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background as tomorrow (22 June 2023) marks 75yrs since Windrush.Our NHS workforce is made up of over 200 nationalities and our ethnic minority colleagues make up almost a quarter of the workforce.The NHS, like so much of postwar Britain, was built by immigrants and could not have survived in its current form without them. There were recruitment campaigns for nurses in Malaysia, Mauritius and elsewhere in the empire as well as the Caribbean. By 1971, 12% of British nurses were Irish nationals. By the turn of the century, 73% of the GPs in Wales’s Rhondda valley and 71% in nearby Cynon valley were south Asian. Today, roughly a third of the tier-2 visas for skilled migrants go to those working in the NHS.The NHS continues to recruit internationally educated nurses to fill the workforce shortfall today. As we celebrate these 75th anniversaries, we must reflect on the lessons of the past and ensure that international recruitment is conducted ethically, that we have a just immigration system that treats migrants with respect and compassion, and that all those settling in Britain receive support, equal treatment and access to opportunity.On Thursday, UNISON will be holding a stall around the Main Entrance on Thursday, 22 June 2023 in West Cumberland Hospital between 10am and 3pm promoting and celebrating diversity in the NHS for both staff, and the general public.

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