When is the minute’s silence for NHS workers who have died from coronavirus? – The Sun
THERE have been 49 verified deaths of NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic so far – but the real figure will be much higher and is continuing to rise.
To honour those who have sadly passed away in the frontline fight against COVID-19, the UK will fall silent for a minute next week.
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When is the minute's silence for NHS workers?
For the past few weeks the public have shown their appreciation for the NHS by clapping every Thursday at 8pm.
Now, at 11am on Tuesday April 28, the UK will hold a minute’s silence organised by healthcare unions to honour those who have passed away while serving in the line of duty.
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The call for this action was started by trade union giant Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is the ultimate tribute to remember workers who've lost their lives and put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe and vital services running.
MP's have thrown their weight behind the cause, agreeing the sacrifices made by workers should be honoured.
A spokesperson for No.10 said: "We think it is a good idea."
This sentiment was shared by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who showed his support by saying: "Labour wholeheartedly supports the call for a minute's silence in honour of all those on the front line who have died from coronavirus."
It is hoped that throughout the silence, people will reflect on the sacrifices NHS workers are making on a daily basis during the pandemic, and to honour the lives of the workers that have passed away.
Royal College of Nursing general secretary, Donna Kinnair, said: “We’ve become used to hearing a great roar on a Thursday night for key workers, but this respectful silence will be a poignant reminder of the risks they run to keep us safe."
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