I came from Singapore in 1972 as a newly qualified dentist and began work as an NHS Dentist in Dalston, East London.
I was 23 and when this opportunity for me to travel came up, I took it with both hands. There weren’t any dental jobs in Singapore, especially for a new grad without the financial backing to start their own practice. I heard of quite a lot of my friends who’d come over and they were telling me that is easy to find an NHS dental job. So that was my main motivation: travel and work.
There was a recruiting drive from the NHS, from overseas countries – it was quite a good deal that they offered: you were almost guaranteed a job. On top of that, we were given permanent residence with an indefinite leave to remain. Even though I had no intention staying indefinitely, that was part of my reason for coming.