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* News / Ghanaian Unemployed Nurses issues government ultimatum to resolve Job issues by katty: February 11, 2018, 08:01:43 PM
Coalition of unemployed nurses in the Northern Zone has given government up to February 16, 2018 to employ them or face agitations.

2016 Northen Zonal Executives of the Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) organized a press conference in Tamale to remind president Akufo Addo and the Minister of Health about their unemployment issues.

The batch comprises of a total population of over six thousand graduates with the Nurse Assistant clinical and Nurse Assistant Preventive.

They lamented of being the first to have completed their training without allowances after paying huge sums of monies as school fees during their course of training and have therefore rendered 40% health care service delivery to mother Ghana during their training without remuneration.

"We the executives of the north, therefore seek that the government compensate our batch with immediate posting"

"Our continues stay at home is more harmful and can lead to more harm if we find ourselves in the facilities some day after staying longer without practicing", the group lamented.

Meanwhile, the group have presented the following statements purported to be contained in their admission letters.

1. Your acceptance to this offer to train automatically "BONDS" you tonserve the government for four (4) years after completion fo training or in default pay a fine . 2. As a condition of your acceptance as a trainee, u are required to sign a bond to complete the course satisfactorily and to server the government of Ghana for a period of FIVE YEARS (5YEARS) after successfully completing your studies. In default you would be required to pay to the government the cost of training with interest at the prevailing rate.

"We are therefore by this press conference entreating your high office to respond to our grievances and take necessary steps to post us without any further delay and to the admiration of these professionals and the nation as a whole by the 16th February 2018 to avoid agitation".

Below is a full copy of the speech PRESS RELEASE


The Northen Zonal Executives (NZE) of the 2016 batch of the Nurse Assistant Clinical (NAC) and Nurse Assistant Preventive (NAP) ,wish to remind H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Hon. Minister of Health that the 2016 batch of NAC and NAP is still at home in agony without postings . The batch has a total population of over six thousand graduates. Comprising of Nurse Assistant clinical and Nurse Assistant preventive.

We are the first Nurses to have completed training without trainee allowance and have paid huge sums of monies as school fees during our course of training.

Meanwhile we have rendered 40% health care service delivery to mother Ghana during our training without remuneration We the executives of the north, therefore seek that the government compensate our batch with immediate posting. Our continues stay at home is more harmful and can lead to more harm if we find ourselves in the facilities some day after staying longer without practising.

Making matters worse is the fact that, we are the only batch known to have stayed at home for more than a year without employment, that is we have spend 15 months being at home.

Meanwhile, we have been registered by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and have our Auxilary Identification Numbers(AIN) which is subjected to yearly renewals , requiring certain working experience and money, but up till date we are left unemployed regardless of the promise by H.E president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on …September, 2017 that we should be added to 2018 budget at a conference with GNMTA and our national executives and the promise of Hon. Minister of Health on the 9th Octoer,2017 at our induction grounds that, “the only compensation we can give to you is to employ you immediately after your induction “ since we did not enjoy any form of allowance during our training. Also, the director of Human Resource HR(MOH), GNMTA and Two representatives of NAP and NAC had a meeting at the ministry on 14th December, 2017 and we were told he forwarded our names for clearance and we will be posted immediately clearance is done.

Moreover, on our follow ups to the ministry, all the promises turned the opposite. The story now is that we are not bonded. Meanwhile, we have the following statements on our admission letters.


1. Your acceptance to this offer to train automatically "BONDS" you to serve the government for four (4) years after completion fo training or in default pay a fine .

2. As a condition of your acceptance as a trainee, u are required to sign a bond to complete the course satisfactorily and to server the government of Ghana for a period of FIVE YEARS (5YEARS) after successfully completing your studies.

In default you would be required to pay to the government the cost of training with interest at the prevailing rate. Now the question we the executives on behalf of the association want ot ask H. E the president of the republic of Ghana and the Ministry is ; why didn't they tell us this since 2014 when our training began but rather at this unexpected time when we are anxiously waiting for our posting.

This unexpected mishap has ignited anxiety, frustration and suffering among us , such that we have lost hope in the gentle approach of the government towards our plight and has called for agitation.

We are therefore by this press conference entreating your high office to respond to our grievances and take necessary steps to post us without any further delay and to the admiration of these professionals and the nation as a whole by the 16th February 2018 to avoid agitation. .

We hope to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you Yours sincerely



NAMES OF EXECUTIVES 1. IBRAHIM ARIMIYAW NEINDOO_President (0241831440) 2..MBUGRI PIUS_Vice President (0246165311)

* News / ICM Position Statement On Female Genital Mutilation by katty: February 11, 2018, 06:33:26 PM
Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”, and is classified in four types1. For centuries, these practices have been carried out by many different peoples and societies for traditional, social and cultural reasons, namely: psychosexual, sociological and cultural, hygienic and aesthetic, socio-economic factors where it is a prerequisite for marriage2. Due to migration FGM has also become prevalent in many countries outside of the regions where it originated. FGM leads to immediate and long term complications that impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health and childbirth.
The physical and psychological health consequences of FGM vary according to the type and severity of the procedure performed. It can lead to immediate and long-term complications that impact on women’s sexual and reproductive health and childbirth3 Acute complications include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage and death. Localised infection, acute urine retention, tetanus, hepatitis and HIV infection can also occur. Long-term consequences include cysts and abscesses, keloid scar formation, damage to the urethra resulting in urinary incontinence, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), sexual dysfunction and difficulties with childbirth.
FGM may leave a lasting mark on the lives and minds of women who have been subjected to it, with many suffering feelings of incompleteness, anxiety and depression. The frequency of posttraumatic stress disorder is increased in women who have undergone FGM4.
Medicalistion of FGM is anincreasing problem, this “refers to situations in which FGM is practised by any category of health-care provider, whether in a public or a private clinic, at home or elsewhere. It also includes the procedure of reinfibulation at any point in time in a woman’s life”5.
This could possibly be a result of FGM being addressed as a health issue, without including social and cultural factors, for years, and perhaps the hope that performance by a health care provider will reduce the risk of complications of the procedure6.
In keeping with the interagency call for elimination of FGM7, ICM recognises and condemns FGM as a harmful practice and a violation of the Human Rights of girls and women. In keeping with the interagency global strategy to stop health care providers from performing FGM8, ICM underscores that midwives should refrain from supporting or participating in any form of the practice at any time, and in doing so respecting relevant (inter)national codes of ethics.
ICM, urges its member associations and individual midwives, to be aware and informed about the practice and its health consequences, to ensure the health and Human Rights of girls and women are safeguarded.
ICM calls on governments to create enabling environments that support midwives, and other health care providers, to refrain from supporting or practicing FGM, and to be competent health care providers for women and girls that suffer from complications of it.
ICM urges Member Associations to be advocates for elimination of FGM in their countries by:
• Adopting a policy that is in harmony with this statement.
• Contributing to efforts that protect girl children from harm.
• Supporting international and national organisations, both governmental and nongovernmental, in the adoption of appropriate policies and strategies.
• Contributing to development of legislation for the elimination of FGM.
• Calling on their members to refrain from contributing or supporting FGM practices
• Calling on their members to be aware, informed and competent to provide quality care to childbearing women who have undergone FGM.
* MCPDP / Re: MCPDP for Nurses 2017: Rivers (Portharcourt) MCPDP Schedule for 2017 by Amy21: February 11, 2018, 04:02:11 PM
Pls where is 2018 schedule.
* News / Nurses help Chinese couple celebrate golden wedding in intensive care unit by katty: February 11, 2018, 01:21:56 PM
"Kind-hearted medics provide flowers and a suit for husband, 79, whose wife has been in a coma for three years"

Nurses at a hospital in eastern China helped an elderly couple to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this week, even though the wife has been in a coma for the past three years, local media reported.

The patient, 75-year-old Wang, has been in intensive care at a hospital in Haining, Zhejiang province, since suffering a brain haemorrhage. For the past three years, her 79-year-old husband Gu has visited her every day, Haining Daily reported on Sunday.

During his half-hour visits, Gu feeds his wife ginseng soup, chats to her about their lives together and updates her on any news from their two sons. Though he knows she cannot respond to him, Gu said he would never give up on the woman he had loved for half a century.

Over the past three years, he has failed to turn up at her bedside on only three occasions, and each time it was because he was not well himself, the report said.

“Even if there is only a one-in-10,000 or one-in-100,000 chance, I won’t ever give up,” he was quoted as saying. “I just hope that one day she will wake up.”

Over the years, Gu has become a familiar face in the intensive care unit, so when nurse Zhang Yanyan found out that the couple’s golden wedding anniversary was approaching – it falls on February 19 – she was determined to do something about it. So, after talking to her colleagues, they decided to stage a special celebration.

After decorating the ward with balloons and banners, and providing Gu with a smart black suit, Zhang and the other members of her team watched as the devoted husband expressed his undying love for the woman he married in 1968, and once again slipped a wedding ring onto her finger.

“You are especially beautiful today,” he told his beloved wife as she lay motionless on the bed.

One of the nurses had even gone to the trouble of doing Wang’s make-up, while another handed Gu a bunch of red roses to present to his wife on their special day.

At the end of the ceremony, Gu and the nurses celebrated with cake.

Source :
* News / Video of New Baby "Walking" Astonishes Nurses, Set Social Media on Fire by katty: February 10, 2018, 09:18:38 PM
-The video has been viewed over 50million times and shared 1.3million times

Nurses in a Brazil hospital were left shocked after a newborn baby girl appeared to make attempts to walk just minutes after she was born.

The video of the baby, which was uploaded to social media on Friday, has stunned viewers who declared the new born attempt to walk is nothing short of a miracle.

In the video, a midwife is seen cradling the little baby across the chest and supporting her weight with one arm, as the wrestles to walk on her own.

The midwife, who is dressed in surgical robes with a clinical mask over her mouth, is heard crying out in amazement: “Oh my gosh, the girl is walking. Good gracious!”

Another person in the room who is capturing the moment on camera declares: “Wait let me film this.”


The midwife then lifts the baby up and returns the infant back to the original position and in an astounding burst of strength, the baby refuses to lie down on her front, pushes up onto her legs and resumes her astonishing journey across the neonatal table once again.

The video has gone viral with over 50 million views and 1.3 million shares on Facebook.

Few details are available to identify whose baby it is.

A newborn normally takes up to 12 months to learn to walk and that usually comes only after they have achieved and passed other major milestones in their development such as hand to eye coordination, sitting up and crawling.

Meanwhile, there have been several reports of babies as young as six months old walking on their own, unaided.

But this newborn appears to have incredible determination and it looks as though there will be no stopping her.

Source :
* News / Midwives banned from saying ‘good girl’ to women giving birth by katty: February 10, 2018, 09:07:04 PM
A new set of language guidelines have been launched for midwives to use in the hopes of fostering a ‘culture of respect’ for women.

Medics have drawn up the new guide which sees words such as ‘good girl’ and ‘delivered’ replaced with ‘you’re doing really well’ and ‘gave birth’.

Experts say the new words will instill respect for pregnant women with midwives encouraged to drop old-fashioned terms and phrases.

Authors of the new guide, published in the British Medical Journal, write: ‘Although eyes may roll at the thought of “political correctness gone mad,” the change is well founded.’

Midwives and doctors are told to address pregnant women by their name and must not refer to them as ‘she’.

In the guide the authors also point towards evidence that shows positive communication can change the course of pregnancy for the better, and say that clear language can reduce the rates of potentially dangerous Caesarean sections.

Medical procedures that don’t work should be described as ‘unsuccessful’ instead of ‘failed’ while phrases such as ‘fetal distress’ or ‘big baby’ have been dropped in favour of ‘changes in the baby’s heart rate pattern’ and ‘healthy’.

Coded language should be replaced by plain English while midwives are asked not to use discouraging or insensitive language.

The three authors are Natalie Mobbs, a fourth year medical student at the University of Liverpool, Catherine Williams, a committee member of National Maternity Voices and Andrew Weeks, Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool.

They write: ‘Good communication during the birthing process is critical to good maternity care; but achieving a shift in deeply ingrained language, and the thinking it reflects, is difficult.

‘There is a fine line between changing terminology to integrate language which is more respectful, inclusive, and less intimidating for the mother, and substituting vague, verbose language which hinders the original message.

‘The use of insensitive language can be indicative of an underlying malaise, which reveals underlying attitudes and prejudices.

‘It is essential that we achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.

‘If we can achieve that, then the use of appropriate language will follow on naturally.’

It adds: ‘Those providing maternity care need to consider their use of language seriously.

‘Not only as a way of respecting women’s views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions, but also in order to respect their human rights.

‘This requires careful use of language, reflection on our own practice as caregivers, listening to women, and communicating appropriately, plainly, and respectfully to guide her through the complexities of maternity care.’

Source : Metro UK
* News / Ghana : Capacity Building Workshop for Nurses Ends in Ho by katty: February 10, 2018, 04:25:35 PM
A six-day capacity-building workshop held in Ho for 25 community health nurses drawn from Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds and health centres in the Adaklu District in the Volta Region has ended.

The workshop empowered participants on ways of improving healthcare delivery services with regard to the management of childhood diseases and elimination of neonatal deaths in remote and deprived communities in the district.

The meeting was sponsored by Good Neighbours Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation with a focus on human development.

Good Neighbours was founded in South Korea in 1991. The organisation also pays attention to community development and the protection of children’s rights and encourages community self-reliance.

Interventions of Good Neighbours

The Managing Director (MD) of Good Neighbours Ghana, Mr Ilwon Seo, said the workshop on health was among activities the organisation was undertaking in the Volta, Eastern and Upper East regions. The organisation had already distributed 2,590 Samsung tablets to frontline health workers for data entry purposes.

Included in his outfit’s maternal and child health improvement project in the Volta and Eastern regions, he noted, were some interventions that were introduced to address health challenges that had been identified.

He indicated that the organisation was working in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service at the district and municipal assembly levels to achieve improvement in health delivery outcomes.

Landscape in Adaklu

The Adaklu District Director of Health Services, Mr Charles Azagba, said the district had no hospital and was characterised by bad road networks.

Under the circumstances, he observed that health authorities had had to refer cases to either the Ho or Adidome hospitals.

He added that on many occasions, family members of patients on referral to the hospital had failed to accompany them because they could not bear the cost involved.

According to Mr Azagba, it was for that reason that the workshop was essential in order for health personnel in the district to acquire knowledge and information that would place them in an advantageous position to manage health situations in the district in a much better way.

The Health Programme Manager of Good Neighbours Ghana, Ms Gladys Tetteh-Yeboah, was hopeful that the Adaklu District would benefit from the workshop. She encouraged the participants as they went back to their stations to work professionally and improve health care in their communities.

Topics discussed at the seminar included managing childhood diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia, measles, ear infection, severe malnutrition, problems with feeding, low weight, dysentery, jaundice and infectious diseases.

Source GNA
* News / 137,000 People from 202 Countries are Working in UK Health Service by katty: February 10, 2018, 12:35:30 PM
Revealed, the 202 nationalities working in the NHS: Government infographic shows breakdown of the 137,000 foreign staff working alongside British doctors and nurses

It‘s well-known that the is reliant on foreign staff.
And a new infographic, released by a Parliament research group, reveals exactly where the workers in the health service are from.

The House of Commons Library picture shows there are 976,288 British staff working in the NHS – the equivalent of 87.5 per cent.

In contrast, 137,000 doctors, nurses and infrastructure staff are nationals of other countries, including just under 62,000 EU nationals – around 5.6 per cent.

Fears of an NHS staffing crisis have loomed since the historic Brexit vote in June 2016, as the numbers of EU nurses registering to work in the UK plunged.

But the new report states that the number of ‘EU staff has changed little since the referendum‘.

The figures, which are derived from NHS Digital data, also show a breakdown of the 202 nationalities there are working in the health service.

And they come after US President Donald Trump last week sparked a diplomatic row with Britain after branding the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt immediately hit back, saying no-one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The new report shows two African countries, Zimbabwe (3,899) and Nigeria (5,405), were named in the top 10 – more than the 2,040 English-speaking Australians.   

Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.

The Philippines pipped Ireland into third place, with 15,391 staff compared to the 13,016 that come from the Emerald Isle.

But the statistics also show there are more workers in the NHS from Sierra Leone than there are from Finland, Austria and Belgium.


NHS Digital data shows exactly how many staff from 202 nationalities there are working in the health service. The figures are correct as of September 2017.

Some 503 people from the country on the west coast of Africa work under the NHS, compared to 380 Finns, 359 Belgians and 334 Austrians.

Three other African nations reported a greater number of staff working in the health service than the three European countries that are all within a three-hour air journey.

There are 489 workers from Uganda, 469 from Sudan and 465 from Zambia.

The data also showed there were fewer Swiss workers, 157, than those from Somalia (253), Cameroon (260), Mauritius (235), Gambia (213) and Malawi (202).
Syria, the Middle-Eastern country rocked by a civil war, came in at 72nd on the list of most popular nations working in the health service, with 148.

While there are also 289 Iraqis and 144 staff from Afghanistan in the NHS, according to the Commons released yesterday.

The report also revealed the amount of foreign staff working in the NHS varies in different parts of the country.

In London, 12 per cent of staff in the NHS are nationals of other EU countries – but in the North East the proportion is as low as two per cent.


Donald Trump sparked a fresh diplomatic row with Britain last week after he branded the NHS ‘broke and not working‘.

The US President claimed that a major protest about the winter crisis in Britain‘s hospitals in London at the weekend was a sign it is not a system the US should copy.

His remarks sparked a furious response from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt who hit back saying no one wants to live in a US-style system where millions have no healthcare cover.

The barb is the latest in a series of spats with the UK which Mr Trump has sparked on Twitter.

Last year after he retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far right group Britain First and criticised the UK‘s record on terrorism on Twitter.

And it comes just over a week after the US President and Theresa May insisted they had patched things up during a meeting at Davos.

Mr Trump is expected to make his first visit to the UK this July and is already likely to be met with some of the biggest protests the country has ever seen.

He has already postponed his state visit amid fears it would be overshadowed by angry demonstrations.
There are 37 NHS trusts where over 10 per cent of staff are estimated to be nationals of other European countries, with the majority in the South East or London.
However, there are 44 trusts where less than two per cent of staff are nationals of other EU countries, with 32 being in the north of England.

There are 19 NHS trusts where more than a quarter of staff report a non-British nationality, according to the figures.

A further analysis showed 10 per cent of doctors and seven per cent of nurses are nationals of a country in the EU.

While 12 per cent of doctors and six per cent of nurses are of Asian descent.

This is despite fears that foreign doctors are unable to communicate fluently with patients and more likely to investigated for incompetence.

Reliant on foreign doctors, the NHS has actively targeted them to help plug a staffing shortage that has left it in a crisis.

More than 40 per cent of doctors in some areas of England trained abroad, a General Medical Council report showed in December.

The most common countries of origin have historically been India, Pakistan and South Africa but they are increasingly arriving from Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

Almost 6,000 foreign doctors were hired in 2016, despite the ongoing concerns of language barriers. Another 5,000 doctors are needed to plug the staffing shortage, and NHS bosses are looking overseas to meet its targets.

It was revealed by magazine last week that NHS England may have missed its target to recruit 600 GPs from overseas by the end of this financial year.

And the recruitment crisis for nurses has led to officials allowing foreign nurses to sit easier English language tests.

Failure rates were so high that rules issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council came into place in November to change it.

The announcement followed warnings that the current exams are so strict they have led to a huge drop in the number of foreign nurses coming to the UK.

A scathing analysis last month revealed a greater number of nurses and midwives are now leaving the health service than joining.

More than 33,000 walked away from nursing last year in England – about 10 per cent of the entire workforce. Around half were under the age of 40. 


Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, is originally from Nigeria
A Muslim doctor has made headlines after she was barred by the GMC for making fatal errors while caring for a six-year-old boy, Jack Adcock.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, 40, originally from Nigeria, is at the centre of a storm, with many believing the decision to strike her off was racism.

Dr Bawa-Garba, who moved to Britain in 1994 and wears a headscarf, was backed by The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Its president said the GMC may have been influenced by her ethnicity, and said a white doctor would have been treated more leniently.

Jack – who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition – was admitted to the Leicester Royal Infirmary on February 18, 2011 with breathing difficulties and vomiting. He died 11 hours later.

He was seen by Dr Bawa-Garba, the most senior doctor on the shift, who had just returned from 13 months of maternity leave.

She initially diagnosed him with a stomach bug, when he in fact had the life-threatening condition sepsis.
Later, she failed to act on blood test results which showed he had a kidney infection.

On that shift, however, she was performing the roles of three doctors and overseeing six wards because the hospital was so understaffed.

Dr Bawa-Garba was initially handed a 12-month suspension by an independent panel, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, last June.

But in an unprecedented move, the GMC overturned this ruling in the High Court and Bawa-Garba was struck off on January 25. 

Source :
* News / Hunger Project trains community nurses in family planning services by katty: February 10, 2018, 07:33:16 AM
The Hunger Project Ghana, has organized a training programme for community health nurses to build their capacity to offer family planning services, as part of the Maternal and Child Health Improvement Project.

The 15 participants, drawn from Community Health Planning Services (CHPS) compound, constructed by the Hunger project and also known as Epicenters, were trained in Jadelle and Implanon NXT Implant Insertion and removal.

The 15 epicenters are Akone and Baware in the Akuapem North district, Akpo Kpamo and Obenyemi in the Yilo Krobo district, Osonson and Konkoney in Upper Manya district, Apau Wawase in Ayensuano district and Kyeremase in Brim Central.

Others are Sakabo in the Kwahu Afram Plains South, Sobinso Awosoase in the Atiwa district and Kwaboadi in Akyemansa district, all in the Eastern region and Taido in the Mfantseman district of the Central region, as well as Tokome in North Dayi, in the Volta region. 

The Maternal and Child Health Improvement Project is an initiative by the organization, in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, to address the shortage of midwives in the country, especially in the rural areas, by upgrading the knowledge of community health nurses.

This project is to complement the initiative of the GHS, who are already implementing the task sharing by the same means of training community health nurses in the health sector, to be able to take up midwifery roles in the remote areas.

Briefing the GNA, Mr Olesu Adjei, Director of Partnerships of Hunger Project Ghana, said the training would equip them to do community sensitisation and offer family planning services to the communities, as part of the project.

He said the participants would be taken through updates of contraceptive methods, insertion and removal techniques, infection prevention, management of STI’s and family Planning counseling

Mr Adjei said they recognized that family planning services was a tool to improve drastically, maternal health, especially maternal deaths and so the training was to position these community health nurses to provide that service adequately in their respective areas.

* News / 2,345 Ghanaians, 5,405 Nigerians are currently working with UK Health Service by katty: February 09, 2018, 07:01:14 PM
-18,348 Indians and over 15 000 Filipinos top the list.
-Check below for statistics of other countries

Two thousand three hundred and forty five (2,345) Ghanaians currently work under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), new data released by the House of Commons has revealed.

Ghanaian health workers ranked 15 among the top 102 nationalities working in the UK’s health service as of September 2017, the report indicated.

Of the figure, 810 of them are nurses and health visitors, while 983 of them are support staff, and another 331 infrastructure staff.

The data however does not state the number of Ghanaians working as doctors, except that 3,238 doctors are of an African nationality.

Nigeria and Zimbabwe are among the top ten countries with 5,405 and 3,899 nationals respectively working under the NHS.

Other than Brits, the second-most popular nationality that is working in the NHS is Indian, with 18,348 staff coming from the vast country.

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