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Care staff celebrated on NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day

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The unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic are being honoured today for NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.

Event supporter, the National Care Association (NCA) is urging providers to use the day to celebrate their staff in their own way and join a synchronised cake cutting ceremony at 4pm.

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Nadra Ahmed OBE, chairman of the NCA, said: “Our workforce have responded to the pandemic with compassion, commitment and selflessness in order to ensure our residents in social care remain as safe and supported as they can be.

“In social care we support over one million people and employ 1.5 million individuals who have been involved in a variety of settings.

“We have more beds then the NHS and yet are often forgotten, which is why NCA is committed to supporting this day and ensuring that our workforce are celebrated alongside their colleagues in the NHS and other critical frontline staff.”

Independent Care Group (ICG) chair, Mike Padgham, who has joined with Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, to record a video of thanks for all social care workers, said: “It is right that we celebrate those carers …. alongside all other NHS and frontline workers who have fought relentlessly to get us through the pandemic.

“They have shed blood, sweat and tears as COVID-19 robbed the country of loved ones in care settings and have been left battered, bruised and emotionally drained.

“We aren’t through COVID-19 yet, but I hope that we very soon will be and we will then owe care workers, amongst others, a great debt of gratitude.

“I hope that they are rewarded with the long overdue reform of the social care sector that should give them all a better, brighter future that they have earned these past 16 months.”

Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Each and every one of us owes public workers a massive debt of gratitude. NHS and care employees, council workers, teaching assistants, and police support staff are among the thousands on the front line who’ve kept this country going during COVID.”

Donations can be made to supporting this worthy cause by visiting the NHS, Social Care and frontline workers day web site or NCA’s donation page.

 

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