Are you going to clap for the NHS tonight?

Where were all the clappers while we were fighting the cuts for ten years, picketing, getting kettled and arrested?

Bristol Care Workers Network

Are you going to clap for the NHS tonight?

Last week, we spoke to community nurses who are being given one cotton mask per worker and told to re-use them. They don’t have any other PPE. They see patients in their own homes. Yesterday, The Guardian reported that the coroners conducting inquests into the deaths of NHS staff have been ordered not to examine PPE shortages as a cause of death.

We don’t want be ungrateful. The COVID 19 pandemic has been terrifying for all of us in health and care work, and it is truly incredible to witness the outpouring of public support for the NHS and care workers in this difficult time.

But we have mixed feelings about the clapping. You can’t understand what health and care workers are going through right now without understanding how political an issue this is. Our government have  failed us, and we…

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