care 4 covid HEROES

Who cares for the carers?

Frontline, critical and social care workers have been stretched to the limit safeguarding us for over a year. They have many challenges behind them and many more remaining ahead. As our heroes care for us and our needs, we have a duty of care to them. We must do all we can to lighten their load by giving them opportunities to relieve themselves of their burdens.

HOSPITAL MEALS PREPARED UK

11.8 million

LAUNDRY ITEMS PROCESSED UK 

30.7 million

NHS COVID DEATHS UK

600+

Our mostly underpaid and overworked frontline health heroes frequently endure poor working conditions. Since the Covid 19 outbreak, they have had the pressure of their work massively increased by coping with the pandemic's colossal impact on every health service department.

The result has inundated them with adaptions to Covid-19 and treating its victims, which they have courageously achieved. In uncharted territory, they have saved countless lives and proven again they are as priceless as indispensable to the general population of Wales.

Their stark realities have been made worse by coping with the stresses of being subjected to a deadly virus. A virus that has presented occupational hazards for both themselves and their loved ones, leaving them physically and mentally exhausted with no clear end in sight.

They have worked through inadequate protection, separation from their families, and witnessing more death than usual, including co-workers and friends, contracting the virus. There have been dramatic increases in depression, sickness, and PTSD cases in the workforce.

 

With Covid still prevalent and millions of vaccinations to be given, the NHS has yet to get through the longest waiting lists in its history and rebuild the service post-Covid. There is an uphill slog ahead of them. Nevertheless, they lead the charge against these monumental tasks.

We thank the teams behind-the-scenes, from administrators to porters, for keeping the service operational for the frontline to protect public health, prolong lives and relieve suffering: including the disproportionately represented women and minorities in low-paid jobs.

We express our undying gratitude to an overwhelmed and under-resourced frontline before the emergency.  Short of apparatus and staff, they have persevered in their duties, often at great personal cost, and we intend to be there for them throughout these most difficult times.

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