Editorial

Manchester response reveals the spirit of our NHS staff

As they always do in the nation’s hour of need, nurses came to the rescue last week by responding so impressively to the terrorist attack in Manchester, says editor Graham Scott.

As they always do in the nation’s hour of need, nurses came to the rescue last week by responding so impressively to the terrorist attack in Manchester.

Staff at eight hospitals were directly involved in caring for victims, while many more played their part by providing care and emotional support to the wider community of north-west England and beyond.

Outstanding dedication

The nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and support staff who came to the immediate aid of those injured and traumatised in the terrorist attack deserve our respect and admiration.

This was not a group of people ‘just doing their jobs’, it was an example of the outstanding dedication and spirit shared by the wider healthcare team.

Over the coming months it will be equally important to support those dealing with the longer-term effects, through rehabilitation of the injured and helping to heal the mental scars of those caught up in the incident.

More than words 

The attack prompted a pause in the general election campaign, and inevitably the final fortnight of hostilities will take place in a different context.

There is an opportunity to remind candidates from all parties quite how precious the NHS is, and how fantastically its staff respond in a crisis.

You might wish to point out to anyone seeking your vote that telling nurses and others in the NHS that they are heroes, and thanking them for what they do, is not enough. Paying them fairly would be.

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