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I refused to clap on Thurs-days for the NHS/care workers because what started as a show of support fast became a Britain Hasn’t Got Talent show. People who cannot sing or play an instrument have used it to have their five minutes of fame.

I have nothing but praise for the NHS. My sister-in-law is a nurse, a friend is a special needs nurse, and the staff at Newark Hospital who cared for my terminally-ill wife were exceptional.

I worked in various care homes and know how difficult the job can be.

Instead of clapping, we need to demand the government shows its appreciation by putting more money into these people’s pockets.

It is also time to abolish parking fees for those who works in hospitals, not just the nurses and doctors, but porters, security, cleaners, etc. For those who don’t have cars, what about free travel passes for the days they work?

These ideas cost money but would go a long way to show we care about those who have continued to work in these difficult times. ­— G. KITCHENHAM, Savoy Court, Newark.



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