Minutes silence will honour health and care workers who have died during the pandemic

In the UK it is widely believed that over 1,000 health and care workers have died of COVID-19 since March 2020. 

Matt Bodell
28 April 2021
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The minutes silence will be held at noon today so that colleagues, friends and families can remember their loved ones.

A minutes silence being held today will honour the health and social care workers who have died during the pandemic.

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International Workers’ Memorial Day falls on the 28 April every year and was designed to remember the workers who have lost their lives through their jobs.

This year the day has a special significance for those working in health and care.

The minutes silence will be held at noon today so that colleagues, friends and families can remember their loved ones.

In the UK it is widely believed that over 1,000 health and care workers have died of COVID-19 since March 2020.

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On a global scale this figure rises to 17,000, according to recent estimates by Amnesty International. Although, this figure is likely to be significantly higher due to some countries failing to record the number of health and social care worker deaths.

Pat Cullen, Acting General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “Today also gives us all a moment to reflect on the health and care workers who have lost their lives in the last year.

“Every life lost to the pandemic is a tragedy and they will all be remembered by family and friends.

“They all dedicated themselves to those in their care and by taking a minute to remember them will greatly honour their memory.”

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Trades Union Congress will be holding a live event today where Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak is joined by Len McCluskey, Unite Gen Sec and Christina McAnea, Unison Gen Sec with representatives of the Covid Bereaved Families For Justice Campaign at the Covid Memorial Wall in London.

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