Eastside Community Heritage

Black Angels from The Empire

Overseas nurses and doctors played a significant role in filling the gaps in the newly formed National Health Service. In 1949 severe shortages in labour existed at all levels of the health service, with an estimated shortfall of 54,000 nurses. Substantial numbers of Caribbean born men and women entered the NHS from the early 1950s. This book recounts the experiences of a group of some of the women who helped build the NHS and dedicated their working lives to caring for its patients.

A moving oral history account from a group of nurses.