Doctors, teachers and nurses are calling on Boris Johnson to officially recognize an annual Covid Memorial Day, which pays tribute to the efforts of frontline workers during the pandemic.
They support a bipartisan campaign for a minute’s silence every March 23rd to remember the lives lost across the UK on the anniversary of the first lockdown.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, MPs said the nation must “remember lives lost and dignified, and remember with pride the efforts of our frontlines and key workers.”
Schools, workplaces and public institutions were silent every lunchtime while wreaths were laid at a new coronavirus memorial in Whitehall according to the plans.
More than 50 MPs and colleagues, including Tory MP Dr. Dan Poulter, signed the letter from Layla Moran, the MP who chairs the all-party group on coronavirus.
Separately, the Royal College of Nursing, the Local Government Association, and the NASUWT Teachers Union supported the initiative.
The Chairman of the Council of the British Medical Association, Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, said, “It is crucial that this day in history be marked to ensure that we never take our health service for granted and that we are constantly evolving and learning lessons that will serve us well in the future.”