Recognising and rewarding NHS and social care workers

Today I was proud to lead a debate in Parliament on recognising and rewarding NHS and social care workers for their dedication and bravery during this pandemic.

Every week for ten weeks we came together especially as a country, on a Thursday evening at 8pm, to recognise and clap for our carers.

But as so many people have contacted me to say, these are the same people who have been saving lives and caring for us day after day long before this horrendous virus presented itself.

To recognise that, a clap and a thank you is not enough

Some have suggested medals or honours, but there have been calls for something more practical, something that will really make a difference.

Today I kicked off that conversation in Parliament, looking at pay and conditions, support for student nurses, properly funding social care, and how we recognise the contribution of migrant workers.

Today I was proud to lead a debate in Parliament on recognising and rewarding NHS and social care workers for their dedication and bravery during this pandemic.Every week for ten weeks we came together especially as a country, on a Thursday evening at 8pm, to recognise and clap for our carers.But as so many people have contacted me to say, these are the same people who have been saving lives and caring for us day after day long before this horrendous virus presented itself.To recognise that, a clap and a thank you is not enoughSome have suggested medals or honours, but there have been calls for something more practical, something that will really make a difference.Today I kicked off that conversation in Parliament, looking at pay and conditions, support for student nurses, properly funding social care, and how we recognise the contribution of migrant workers.The Minister’s reply was disappointing and failed to grasp the public desire to see a proper reward for our health and care staff. We will continue to make the case.I also said today that we could hold this debate 10 times over, to recognise the contribution of all frontline workers.Those who have kept our public services going – the police, fire service, local government and other government agencies who have been working tirelessly to get the support needed to households and businesses.Those who have been working in our shops ensuring we can all get essential supplies.That’s why I’ve launched my Community Champions campaign to recognise these fantastic local people – submit your nominations! https://catherinemckinnellmp.net/content/nominate-community-champion

Posted by Catherine McKinnell on Thursday, 25 June 2020

The Minister’s reply was disappointing and failed to grasp the public desire to see a proper reward for our health and care staff. We will continue to make the case.

I also said today that we could hold this debate 10 times over, to recognise the contribution of all frontline workers.

Those who have kept our public services going – the police, fire service, local government and other government agencies who have been working tirelessly to get the support needed to households and businesses.

Those who have been working in our shops ensuring we can all get essential supplies.

That’s why I’ve launched my Community Champions campaign to recognise these fantastic local people – submit your nominations!
https://catherinemckinnellmp.net/…/nominate-community-champ…