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Who cares for the carers?

The surge in aid volunteers has created new concerns

By Lucy Maddox   September 2015

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Natalie quit her nursing job at Basingtoke Hospital, in October 2014 and volunteered at the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, an organisation backed by government money, that was sending clinical staff to Sierra Leone. Nat was one of over 150 NHS volunteers who responded to the threat of Ebola, the viral disease that by late 2014 had killed 1,400 in Sierra Leone.

Tens of thousands of people from Britain volunteer overseas each year and in some cases they can face…

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