Let's go forward, not back
I am not surprised at the way our teams have stepped up and responded to coronavirus (COVID-19); I’ve seen them do it throughout my NHS career but what is awe-inspiring is how they do it, day after day, shift after shift. It’s been nearly two months now and the public, I believe, have every right to be hugely proud of their NHS, and indeed all ‘essential’ workers.
I don’t want to mislead and say we are nearing the end although we are seeing some much needed respite at times now. Our colleagues and volunteers, whilst remarkable are only human and are in many cases, tired and in need of a break. I can’t thank all of you enough for everything you are continuing to do. I know you are all going through an incredibly emotional and testing time, including the recent death of a much valued and loved colleague, Simon. I send my heartfelt and sincere condolences and best wishes to his family, loved ones and friends.