The National Health Service was created in the aftermath of the Second World War, amid efforts to rebuild a better society. For the first time, healthcare was available to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. An unprecedented number of healthcare workers were needed to realise this grand vision.
Much of the healthcare system prior to the NHS was already reliant on healthcare workers from overseas – in particular from Ireland and Central and Eastern Europe. Among them were Jewish refugees from Nazism.
Medical migrants :
A brief history
Explore a timeline of migrants who have made contributions to healthcare in Britain across the ages, long before the birth of the NHS.Read more