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NHS in Bucks celebrate Windrush Day

They are looking at the significant contribution that members of the Windrush generation have made to the NHS.

Published by Mix96 News at 1:29pm 22nd June 2020. (Updated at 1:31pm 22nd June 2020) 3-minute read.

NHS in Bucks celebrate Windrush Day

Today marks 72 years since hundreds of people arrived from the Caribbean to help rebuild the UK.

The day honours the British Caribbean community who travelled to the UK after the Second World War.

Windrush Day was introduced in 2018 and Buckinghamshire Healthcare trust are celebrating today by looking at the contribution that members of the Windrush generation have made to the NHS.

Chief nurse of the Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust Karen Bonner said:

"I am the first generation of my family born in the UK. My Parents traveled here as part of the Windrush generation from the then British colonies of Jamaica and Barbados.

They met on the streets of North West London and without that legacy I would not be here and many of us who are descendants of the Windrush generation continue to contribute to the National Health Service."

Following changes to immigration law in 2012 those without documentation were asked for evidence that would allow them to continue working, access services and continue living in the UK.

In 2018 it was reported that hundreds of Windrush immigrants and their families had been told they were illegally living in the UK since this change in law, despite having worked here for decades and being granted indefinite leave to remain in 1971. 

Its reported this resulted in many losing their jobs, and that some were deported. Then Prime Minister Theresa May apologised in 2018, who introduced the policy when she was Home Secretary, that people who should not have been caught up in the change of law were.

Karen added:

"I honour all of those nurses and midwives from the Caribbean who helped shape the National Health Service all those years ago and they paved the way for people like me and many others who have come to work as doctors and health professionals."

Other members of the Windrush generations who came to the UK  worked in roles including cleaning, driving, labour, electricians and on the railways.

You can read more on Karen's story here. 

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