A minute of silence was held today to remember and pay tribute to the health and social care workers who died last year amid coronavirus disease.
Every year on 28 April unions around the world come together to pay tribute to those who died in their work. But care leaders say this year’s International Workers ’Memorial Day has special significance for those working on health and care after Covid-19.
“They all dedicate themselves to those in their care and by taking a minute to remember them honors their memory.
It is estimated that at least 17,000 health workers worldwide have died from Covid-19 in the past 12 months. At 12 noon people were asked to be silent for a minute to remind them of this international day of remembrance.
Pat Cullen, acting general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said today provided an opportunity to “reflect on health and care workers who lost their lives in the past year”.
“Every life lost in the pandemic is a tragedy and they will all be remembered by family and friends,” he added.
“They all dedicate themselves to those in their care and by taking a minute to remember them I can honor their memory.”
Dame Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, head of RCN, said: “Nurses have carried the brunt of the brutal pandemic, including the cause of their own lives.
“Nurses put their lives on the line for others and are responsible for responding to the pandemic in all aspects of health and social care.”
He added: “Sadly, some have lost their lives and now we take a moment to remember them all.
“We will never forget the sacrifices they made, and we will all think of the friends, family and comrades they left behind”
“The nursing staff continues to support patients and their loved ones but will take the time to remember our colleagues, their friends and family, to whom we owe a great deal.”
Meanwhile, Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive and registrar for the Council on Care and Midwifery, said: “All of us at NMC will stand together in silence at noon today to remember and honor the people who work in health and care. socially, both in the UK. and around the world, who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19 last year. “
He pointed out that the response of nurses, midwives, fellow carers and students across the UK during the pandemic had been “unbelievable”, pointing out that the NMC “could not be proud of them”.
“Despite the risks and devastation to their own lives, UK care professionals and midwifery have risen and continue to provide safe, compassionate and effective care and support to the public and the most vulnerable. situation, “Ms Sutcliffe said.
“We will never forget the sacrifices they made, and we will all think of the friends, family and colleagues they left behind.”
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