- Jan 20, 2016
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After a day on the wards, the clap for carers lifted my spirits – and made me cry | Madeleine Openshaw
The public outpouring of support is keeping us NHS workers going. Here are other ways to help us during the Covid-19 crisis, says junior doctor Madeleine Openshaw
I saw this on the net. Which is where it started. The suggestion was that at 8 o clock everybody came out and had a minutes applause for the NHS staff who are working so hard to keep us safe. I was a bit dubious about this but in the end it was quite a moving experience. it certainly gave a lift to those on the frontline.
Last night, slumped on the sofa after a busy day at work, my boyfriend and I heard something outside. We stepped on to our balcony and were hit by a cacophony of noise. Clapping, whooping, banging pots and pans, the sound reverberating off the surrounding buildings. Somehow, I was the only one in my local community to have missed the memo about last night’s clap for carers, a nationwide tribute to the NHS and care workers in these extraordinary times. And, before I knew it, I found that I was crying.
I do hope that this isn't the end of it. Many of the supporters on my street voted tory last time and that is a vote against the NHS. Applause is nice but face masks and testing regimes would be a more concrete display of support. Both are currently in short supply due to the homicidal neglect of Johnson and his merry band.