Today everyone should ‘stop, reflect and say thank you to nurses’, says Hancock

He said; “with Coronavirus at large, we all know just how valuable nursing is – I’ve always known it.”

Matt Bodell
12 May 2020
Matt Hancock

The health secretary told nurses he wants them to know how valued they are.

In celebration of International Nurses Day, the Health Secretary has publically thanked nurses for their hard work.


Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has instructed the public to “stop, reflect and say thank you to nurses” and spoke of how valuable the profession is.

Nursing leaders have also called upon the public to ‘shine a light’ from their window at 8:30pm in order to recognise the extraordinary work that their colleagues are doing in the fight against coronavirus.

At least 65 registered nurses are believed to have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement on social media, Mr. Hancock said; “Today is international nurses’ day and it’s a moment for us all to stop, reflect and say thank you to nurses working here and right around the world.


“Especially with these times with Coronavirus at large, we all know just how valuable nursing is – I’ve always known it.

“My grandmother was a nurse and I learned about nursing at her knee and I saw for myself how much she valued what she did and how much she got out of it but also how hard she worked and how hard it was on her.

“In these unprecedented times, I think the whole world is appreciating that fact and I’m glad of it.

“Most of all I want to say thank you to all the nurses that we have in the NHS right across the UK for the work that you’re doing, which is so hard, so compassionate, and so rewarding.


“As health secretary, I want to make sure you know just how valued you are.”

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