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COVID-19: minute’s silence to honour nurses and other healthcare staff who have died

Tribute will form part of a memorial ceremony broadcast online by the BMA
Healthcare staff observe a minute's silence

Tribute will form part of a memorial ceremony broadcast online by the BMA

Nurses and healthcare workers in the UK who died in the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered in a minutes silence on 15 September.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for people to observe the silence as part of the virtual memorial ceremony at its annual representative meeting.

Thank all healthcare workers for their sacrifices in the pandemic

In a letter to the RCN, BMA representative body chair Helena McKeown said the memorial will also be an opportunity to thank all healthcare workers across the UK for the sacrifices they have made during the pandemic.

The ceremony will be broadcast online , beginning at 10.45am, with the minutes silence observed at 11.00am.

The memorial will include

Tribute will form part of a memorial ceremony broadcast online by the BMA

Healthcare staff observe a minute's silence
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Nurses and healthcare workers in the UK who died in the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered in a minute’s silence on 15 September.

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for people to observe the silence as part of the virtual memorial ceremony at its annual representative meeting. 

‘Thank all healthcare workers for their sacrifices in the pandemic’

In a letter to the RCN, BMA representative body chair Helena McKeown said the memorial will also be an opportunity to ‘thank all healthcare workers across the UK for the sacrifices they have made during the pandemic’.

The ceremony will be broadcast online, beginning at 10.45am, with the minute’s silence observed at 11.00am.

The memorial will include the playing of an original score by the London Symphony Orchestra, a piece composed to commemorate those who died. 

Chance for colleagues and the public to pay tribute

An online book of remembrance, produced by Nursing Standard in partnership with the RCN, was started in July in memory of nursing staff who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The book offers colleagues, patients and members of the public the opportunity to pay tribute to nurses and healthcare workers who lost their lives. 

In her foreword, RCN general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair says: ‘Every life lost is a tragedy, and on behalf of everyone at the RCN, I would like to pay tribute to our colleagues who have died while caring for others and keeping them safe.’


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Watch the British Medical Association annual representative meeting


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