Everyone across the country is being urged to join a mass round of applause later today (Thursday) for NHS and care staff in a campaign backed by UNISON.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Clap for Our Carers initiative is a chance to thank all employees who are working around the clock to treat people affected by coronavirus.
“I’m humbled at the bravery, hard work and dedication of staff on the front line. They’re doing an amazing job caring for us and our loved ones in incredibly difficult and often harrowing circumstances.
“Let’s put our hands together to show our gratitude for health service employees in these challenging times. Along with applauding their heroism, the best way to lend them support is to stay at home.”
Notes to editors:
– Clap for Our Carers takes place at 8pm on Thursday 26 March to show solidarity for doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff. People across the UK can clap from their gardens, front doors and balconies to show their support.
– Residents in other European countries including Spain, France and Italy have taken part in similar rounds of applause to show gratitude to healthcare workers in these challenging times.
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.