Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Secretary of State to the social care workforce

Published Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has written an open letter of thanks to social care workers for everything they have done in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Hancock said: “The last few weeks have been difficult for all of us. I am acutely conscious that you, along with colleagues across the health and social care system, are on the front line caring for and supporting people in incredibly challenging circumstances.

“Many of the people you care for will be in groups that are at higher risk from Covid-19 and I know that you will have naturally felt concerned for them.

“At the same time, you will have been grappling with the same issues we all face: how we can best keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy, juggling our own personal caring responsibilities, and looking out for our friends, our neighbours and communities.

“My main message to you is simple: thank you.”

Gill Alexander, Chief Executive of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Whilst the vast majority of people in Hartlepool are now following Government guidance and staying at home, this isn’t possible for most social care workers and many other local government staff.

“It’s good the Health Secretary has written an open letter of thanks recognising the vital role staff in the social care system play in caring for some of our most vulnerable residents.

“Today, I have also written to all Hartlepool Borough Council staff thanking them for the remarkable way in which they have responded to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Local government staff will continue to be on the front line as we try to minimise the spread of coronavirus, keep essential services running and protect the vulnerable.”