We owe our NHS workers

We owe a huge debt of thanks to our NHS workers, and we owe them our co-operation too.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital cleaners, porters and ancillary staff are all putting their lives on the line for us. They are taking the highest risks of any of us, working right on the front line, in the heart of the danger zone.

Over the years, our NHS has been run down, outsourced and depleted, leaving it chronically short-staffed, under-equipped, and frankly hard-put to cope with the coronavirus crisis. But the heroes who work in it are doing all that they can in circumstances that are way beyond difficult.

Their jobs are dangerous, difficult, and often heart-breaking. They have to watch people die on a daily basis, while putting their own lives at risk, in close contact as they have to be with the most severely infected.

They deserve our gratitude, our admiration, and our co-operation.

We owe it to them at the very least to stay at home willingly, maintain social distancing, and observe the lockdown in full.