The NHS and why we salute its anniversary together – The Yorkshire Post says

IT is a coincidence of timing that poignant events marking the 72nd anniversary of the NHS will come on one of the busiest weekends of the year for hospitals as lockdown restrictions are lifted and the pubs reopen.

Events are taking place this weekend to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.
Events are taking place this weekend to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

Yet, while it is to be hoped that everyone remembers that this country is still in the grip of a public health emergency and exercises caution, the lighting of candles tonight, and countrywide clap of thanks tomorrow, will be deeply poignant occasions.

Never before has there been such widespread respect for the National Health Service and all 
those who work tirelessly for this greatest of institutions from world-leading surgeons to cleaners and all those working on social care.

They will never again be taken for granted – this is one area of public life that unites friends and foes alike – and it is to be hoped that the Together initiative, endorsed by The Yorkshire Post and many others, becomes an annual event.

Clap for Carers became a weekly Thursday night ritual at the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

And to any cynics who question the wisdom of such get-togethers, or the value of creative rainbow-themed adorning windows, then tell that to the NHS staff who have contacted this newspaper since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

To a person, they have all said that these shows of support, together with the Clap for Carers celebration that took place on 10 successive Thursday nights, raised spirits, boosted morale and inspired them to work even more tirelessly on behalf of their patients.

As such, a respectful observance of these anniversary events, and their spirit, is the least that families can do in what remains a peacetime year like no other.

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