NHS Emergency Medical Team. Used under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">(license)</a> Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/31292062400" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Ricci Coughlan/Department for International Development </a>
NHS Emergency Medical Team. Used under (license) Photo by Ricci Coughlan/Department for International Development

The 28th April marks International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we pay tribute to the workers killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work.

We should take this opportunity to remember these workers and reflect on the historic and continuing process to improve working conditions and keep workers safe.

This year, it is impossible to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day without thinking about the courageous NHS workers who are fighting the Coronavirus outbreak and especially those who have died whilst protecting us all.

I know that a lot of people in Bolton will be remembering Lourdes Campbell, known as Des to her colleagues, who had worked with Bolton NHS for nearly 13 years.  My thoughts are with Lourdes’ family and friends at this difficult time, and all the families and friends that have lost loved ones during the coronavirus crisis.

We owe these essential workers a huge debt and a better tomorrow.

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