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sepoy

A deprecating term for the pool of migrant doctors who formed a cadre of indentured labour, primarily from South Asia. These doctors were necessary for NHS operations, and provided a largel labour pool which occupied the lower rungs of a pyramidal medical hierarchy, which ensured that UK doctors at the apex had little competition in the much limited (post-NHS) private sector. Overseas qualified doctors were provided training in the NHS in return for meeting the population’s health service requirements, but were systematically disadvantaged in terms of access to jobs, career mobility, places of employment and specialties they could choose.

Etymology
Sepoys were soldiers at the private level who were recruited from native populations of the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan and Bangladesh by European powers, thus were natives serving a foreigh master. Sepoys served in English armies in particular, but also in French and Portuguese armies.
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It was used as a haven for all the British nationals in the city -- men, women and children -- as well as the local sepoys who hadn't defected.
According to new amended rules a sepoy now works in pay scale-V, lance naik in scale VI, naik in scale VIII, havaldar in scale IX, naib subedar in XI, subedar in XIII and subedar major works in pay scale XVI.
During World War I, Bengali sepoys saw service in East Africa, Iraq and on the Western Front.
In context of the theme, figure 7 further exhibits fleeing sepoys, armed and disarmed, crossing the bridge and approaching the other side of the Yamuna in boats (the event of September 18), and the British flag flying from a bastion of the Salimgarh fortress after they regained control.
It was only during the height of the rebellion, when it appeared that the British might indeed fall, that Lakshmi Bat gave her whole-hearted support to the sepoys.
Still there were sepoys who did strike up relationships with French women and these often became points of conversation at the front and back home.
While the sepoys continued to use the Sniders, the SVRC were later rearmed with the British army's standard Martini-Henry rifle.
THE funeral of Gaya Prasad, a sepoy of the 15th Rajputana Batallion, was performed at his native village on Thursday with full military honours.
Security personnel SDabz Ali was killed while Major Sohail, Subedar Naseebullah, Sepoys Alamdar, Sarwar and Dost Muhammad were among the injured.
The then army chief while taking stern notice of these recruitments sacked 8 senior officers, one commissioned officer, 9 non commissioned officers and 3 sepoys.
With the help of English troops and those Sepoys who remained loyal (especially the Sikhs and Gurkhas) the rebellion was put down.
On the issue of family pension enhancement, Antony was also asked to bring sepoys under its purview.