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I’m returning my medal in protest at ‘hostile environment’ policy

After volunteering during an Ebola outbreak in Africa, I can’t support the UK government charging refugees for care, and turning nurses into border guards

After volunteering during an ebola outbreak in Africa, I can’t support the UK government charging refugees for care, and turning nurses into border guards

When I was a staff nurse in the emergency department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, I worked alongside military colleagues who were deployed to Sierra Leone to tackle the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

Confronted with the appalling stories coming out of West Africa, and knowing that Ebola threatens millions of people globally, I felt I should volunteer.

Helping the sick and vulnerable

I was part of an amazing operation involving NHS staff, the military, non-governmental organisations and healthcare and sanitation workers from Sierra Leone.

As well as struggling with the devastating effect of Ebola on Sierra Leone’s economy, education


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