The Black angels of the UK’s National Health Service
Forced to spend a good deal of time in hospitals recently, Clayton Goodwin praises the contribution of African nurses not only to the health of patients but also to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in general.
Over the last few months, I have spent as many days in hospital, either as an inpatient undergoing operations/procedures or as an outpatient going in for appointments/treatment, as I have out. This experience has given me a first-hand view and understanding of how the country’s most treasured institution, dependent on Africans for its very existence, is creaking at the seams and is very nearly crocked. Africans? Oh yes, Africans are the life-blood of the National Health Service (NHS).
Nurses are popularly portrayed in television drama as angels: it has traditionally been one of the few ways for African actors and actresses to obtain a footing in the industry, by playing the role of doctors or nurses.
They actually reflect the situation in real life. It is not…