Following World War Two, British hospitals were desperately short of staff. The government recruited throughout the Caribbean. The response was enormous. Between 1948-1969 thousands of Caribbean women and men came to work in the health service.

Young recruits came on boats and planes. They did essential work in the NHS as nurses, doctors, cooks, porters, cleaners and administrators. Without them the NHS would not have survived. Life in Britain was sometimes difficult but the Caribbean newcomers stayed, put down roots and made a vital contribution to British society and the nation’s health.

Using archive and contemporary photographs and oral history this book tells the fascinating story of the Caribbean men and women who staffed the National Health Service during its formative years.