Show your support for ‘fatigued’ NHS heroes and carers – The Yorkshire Post says

A Clap for Carers celebration outside Leeds General Infirmary.A Clap for Carers celebration outside Leeds General Infirmary.
A Clap for Carers celebration outside Leeds General Infirmary.
EVEN though ‘Clap for Carers’ was a phenomenon which galvanised and defined Britain’s response to Covid-19 during the opening phases of the pandemic and lockdown, it’s actually now even more important that families show their support – and respect – for NHS heroes, carers and their support staff.

This much is clear after hospital bosses, and also local authority directors, raised concerns about staff burnout because of a “perfect storm” of workforce shortages and a second wave of coronavirus cases compounding traditional winter pressures which are usually linked to flu and bed weather.

And just as President John F Kennedy implored the American people in 1961 to “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”, the very same principle now applies to the National Health Service at this unique time.

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First, it’s paramount that the Department of Health and myriad NHS trusts redouble their efforts when it comes to staff welfare to minimise the ‘fatigue factor’ – they are the front line in the fight against the Covid-19 and this needs to be remembered at all times.

NHS staff are reporting fatigue afetr a year like no other.NHS staff are reporting fatigue afetr a year like no other.
NHS staff are reporting fatigue afetr a year like no other.

Second, patients need to respect the NHS and the pressures staff are under by fully co-operating with them over public health protocols like turning up at a GP surgery without a prior appointment.

Finally, let’s hope Yorkshire people and communities, renowned for their generosity of spirit and acts of human kindness find their own ways to acknowledge the work of doctors, nurses and carers. Though the words ‘thank you’ do seem so inadequate on paper, they can still make the world of difference.

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James Mitchinson

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