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Welcoming refugee nurses

23 September 2021
Volume 30 · Issue 17

I write this editorial as the final evacuations from Afghanistan take place and, as I consider the articles included in this supplement, it makes me realise how privileged we are in the UK. We have access to healthcare that is free at the point of delivery, with cancer care being particularly privileged. We are able to focus, not only on the patient and their immediate needs, but also on carers and families.

The stark inequalities, not just in healthcare, but in many aspects of society around the world, are visible in recent images from Kabul. We are able to offer cancer treatments to patients that cost hundreds or thousands of pounds per cycle. We are able to educate, train and employ nurses in specialist roles, such as cancer nursing. Although funds are not limitless and the NHS is not perfect, we are able to go to work without fearing for our safety.

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