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Sadiq Khan sends special message to NHS and Windrush Gen

TRIBUTE: Many from the Windrush Generation were crucial in getting our treasured NHS off the ground, writes Sadiq Khan

IT IS 70 years since the birth of our National Health Service – an incredible institution that has provided a vital service to millions of Londoners.

Even those of us lucky enough to have lived healthy lives owe the NHS so much. I was born in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, down the road from where I grew up. Both my daughters were born there too. And I have also received excellent care since developing asthma in recent years.

But as well as celebrating this cherished institution, we must also celebrate and thank the extraordinary NHS staff, who provide such brilliant care to patients and whose hard work and sacrifices have been instrumental in keeping the NHS running during some incredibly challenging times.

This includes many from the Windrush Generation, who were crucial in helping to rebuild our country after the Second World War and getting our treasured NHS off the ground.

Their enormous contribution to our society is partly why their mistreatment by this government has left such a bitter taste in the mouth.

The deportation of our own citizens should go down as one of the most shameful episodes in modern British history. People who have contributed so much to our country - and enriched our city - should be treated with dignity and respect, and not as the collateral damage of a misguided policy.

We should never forget that the talented people who journeyed here from around the world to help look after our sick are a credit to our city. Their hard work and commitment has helped make London the greatest city in the world, and we owe them – and everyone else who works in the NHS - an enormous debt of gratitude.

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