After the horror, the heroes
That someone could descend into the barbarism required to target young concert goers at Manchester Arena is beyond belief.
All of us will have felt shock and horror over the Manchester Arena bombing. That someone could descend into the barbarism required to target young concert goers is beyond belief.
But after the horror came the heroes, as children’s nurses stood shoulder to shoulder. The public was informed of the courage, dedication and commitment of the emergency services and NHS staff.
They went beyond the call of duty and, as their skills and knowledge saved lives, they earned the gratitude of millions.
Although general election campaigning had been suspended, politicians from all parties reflected the mood of the nation and were eloquent in their praise. It is to be hoped these same politicians remember their gratitude when the thorny issue of pay comes up again.
What the future will hold for many of the victims is open to speculation. Many of their injuries have been classified as life changing, and they will need healthcare and rehabilitation for many years to come.
Investment and infrastructure, rather than the continual dismantling of the NHS, will be required to support them.
In these dark days, it would be easy to get despondent, but there are some reasons to be optimistic about the future.
About the author
Doreen Crawford is a nurse adviser with independent consultancy Crawford McKenzie and a consultant editor of Nursing Children and Young People