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Workforce: Offer to Jamaican nurses marred by Windrush revelations

Jamaican nurses might well be advised by their elders to beware of the offer of UK work placements, an announcement that coincided with revelations of the Windrush scandal

Jamaican nurses might well be advised by their elders to beware of the offer of UK work placements, an announcement that coincided with revelations of the Windrush scandal

Timing is all – in politics and stand-up comedy. In the same week that the UK government scrambled to repair the political damage caused by its harsh treatment of some Caribbean migrants, it announced a new agreement on the temporary immigration of nurses from the Caribbean.

The Windrush scandal exposed an aggressive so-called ‘hostile environment’ approach by the Home Office towards some Caribbean migrants, despite them having been resident in the UK for 50 years or more. Some are facing desperate problems trying to obtain citizens’ rights.

The scandal broke in the same week that Commonwealth countries, including those from the Caribbean, met for a conference in London. It was a

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