Like me, I’m sure you’re clapping every Thursday evening to thank our incredible NHS and social care workers in Kingston and across Britain. This is a terrific boost to morale and a chance for us to come together as a community to thank them for their heroic efforts.
But I think we can all agree that we need to go beyond clapping – they deserve practical support and recognition.
That’s why the Liberal Democrats are setting out a five-point plan to improve conditions and thank them properly.
Will you join us in our call to support NHS and social care workers?
At Kingston Hospital and across Britain, NHS and social care workers are putting themselves at risk because the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need isn't available. That’s why the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to cut the red tape and ramp up production of vital PPE.
Health and care professionals are working long hours in stressful conditions. That’s why our plan includes a comprehensive support package for frontline workers.
They are feeling the financial strain of unexpected expenses. That’s why we are calling for staff who are putting their lives in danger to receive a £29 per day allowance, just as military personnel receive when on deployment.
They want to know that their loved ones will be looked after if something happens to them. That’s why we are calling for increased support for the families of those who die in service, including a guarantee from Government to pay for funerals.
And they deserve the recognition of a grateful nation. Which is why we want to formally recognise and celebrate the heroism of our frontline staff by creating a new “Coronavirus Service Medal”.
I hope you will join us in showing that we truly care by signing our five-point plan today.