Emilia Clarke has lent her support to a campaign for fair pay for NHS workers.
She said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to the NHS. Everyone who works at the NHS, from our beloved nurses, to the porters, to the caterers, to the surgeons, to the doctors, the psychotherapists. Everyone who works there – thank you.
“In these incredibly frightening times you are keeping us alive, so thank you.”
But Clarke wasn’t only posting to thank NHS workers – she also wanted to use the opportunity to ask for better pay for all of those working for the health service.
She continued: “And it seems only right that we talk about fair pay.
“I believe NHS workers should get what they deserve for doing all that they do for us.
“So please join me today in saying thank you to the NHS and demanding fair pay.”
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A campaign for an “early and significant” pay rise for NHS staff began in 2020 as a result of the huge amount of extra work that staff had taken on during the pandemic.
Clarke pledged her support to the campaign by using its hashtags #WithNHSStaff and #fairpay.
— The RCN (@theRCN) January 11, 2021
I've seen 1st hand the incredible work done by the NHS. Their skills & dedication are needed now more than ever and they should be paid appropriately for that. Show your support. Thank you from my family to the entire NHS for all you do. #InternationalThankYouDay #WithNHSStaff.
— edith bowman (@edibow) January 11, 2021
Also using International Thank You Day as a prompt to support the NHS were radio DJ Edith Bowman and comedian Jo Brand, who is a former mental health nurse.
Brand shared a poem on the subject for the Royal College of Nurses and also called for a pay rise for NHS staff.
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