Overseas NHS Workers Day 4th March 2022


The NHS has always needed overseas workers. Since day one. NHS Overseas Workers are here to help – but this country is hostile to those it asked to help its sick, its frail, its vulnerable, its dying. 

“Until the authorities acknowledge the contributions of international healthcare workers in the NHS and establish measures to retain staff, the quality of care and patient safety will suffer – and that is going to hurt.” – Overseas NHS Workers Day organiser, Dr Pushpo Hossain

Many of you joined us to celebrate Overseas NHS Workers Day: Friday 4th March. We received many testimonials and stories about how overseas workers were being treated – and left short by this country. Scroll down to learn more.

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We are supporting the Indefinite Leave to Remain Bill which will have its second hearing in Parliament soon. 

We sent out letters to all Trusts in the UK asking them if they can make this a local event for their own staff. Many did so. 

We screened the hard-hitting documentary ‘Hostile’, which shows how people from overseas are being treated by the ‘hostile environment’ –  and over 100 of you joined us. Most who did sent us detailed feedback and we will be using that to see what we can do to help overseas NHS workers more than we already are. 

Overseas NHS Workers Day, recognised by ‘Days of the Year‘, was a day to remember. A day of hope. A simple reassurance that caring, compassion and determination can and must make a difference to ordinary lives. At a time when Europe finds itself ravaged by war again, your support and comments are even more heart-warming and a reminder that the NHS relies on overseas workers. We will make sure this is not ignored. 

Overseas NHS Workers: Their Stories

The NHS during Covid-19: Through the eyes of a novice IMG (Samantha Rahman)

ILR for Overseas NHS workers during COVID-19- a luxury or necessity? (Abhishek Ray)


Press release.

Letter to Trusts.

Overseas NHS Workers Day poster

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Overseas NHS Workers Day Logo 1

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