In 2018 for the 70th Anniversary of the NHS, Sussex Defend the NHS gathered more than 2000 testimonies from local residents about what the NHS meant to them.
Displaying the scroll in its entirety for the first time on 5th July 2020 was our way of saying Thank You to all our NHS staff and other care workers for what they’ve done during for us during the Covid crisis. It is a 110-metre-long illustration of how important the NHS is to everyone in this country – and how critical it is to support it properly in the future.
This year our appreciation was deepened by knowledge of the lives lost to Covid 19 of health and care workers and disproportionately those from black and minority ethnic communities.
We are angry too, that many deaths could have been avoided if the government had locked down sooner, hadn’t neglected its pandemic stockpile, hadn’t abandoned Social Care services to the private sector and their hedge funds, hadn’t delayed publishing its report’s recommendations on safeguarding BAME workers, and hadn’t decimated the public structures available for testing, tracing and tracking.
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