The Women Who Saved the NHS

Heart-warming film about the women who came to Britain from abroad in 1948 to work for the NHS

When the NHS was established in 1948, it proved so popular that it quickly became clear that Britain didn’t have enough doctors, nurses and midwives to cope with demand. To fill the void, the government called upon members of the Commonwealth.

Thousands of women, mainly from the Caribbean, answered the call of the mother country and left their homes to brave fierce hostility and violent racism to care for the British public in their hour of need.

This heartwarming film tells the stories of these unsung heroes of the NHS. Without their care and dedication, the NHS would have certainly collapsed before it even started.