Nurses thank the public for ‘a year of sacrifice and support’

It is widely believed that nearly 1,000 health and social care workers have died of COVID-19 since March 2020. 

Matt Bodell
23 March 2021
Nurses outside

Today’s Day of Reflection marks a year since the first national lockdown was called.

Nurses are thanking the public for “a year of sacrifice and support” on the UK’s first National Day of Reflection.

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Today’s National Day of Reflection marks a year since the first national lockdown was called UK hospitals started to see a significant number of COVID deaths.

Nursing staff will today remember their friends, colleagues and patients who have died of COVID-19. It is widely believed that nearly 1,000 health and social care workers have died of COVID-19 since March 2020. 

Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that staff are thanking the public for “sacrifices and gestures, great and small” over the year.

In her comments to mark the day, Kinnair asks the public to think “as much about the future we want as the year we’ve had”.

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“After a year of sacrifices and gestures, great and small, we are taking our turn to thank the public. In a time of loss and fear, they helped us to keep digging deeper.

“We will take a day to remember and reflect – as much about the future we want as the year we’ve had.”

Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty, President of the RCN, adds; “We have all lived under lockdown rules, missing out on seeing friends and family and going about our usual routine to protect the NHS and save lives and nurses appreciate that.

“While this day is a chance to remember those who died, for nurses this is an opportunity to remember those who helped us as well.”

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