Leaders support International Nurses' Day

The leaders of England's three main political parties have all sent messages of support for International Nurses' Day.

Florence Nightingale: nursing pioneer (Photograph: SPL)
Florence Nightingale: nursing pioneer (Photograph: SPL)

It is celebrated on 12 May each year, as a tribute to the work of Florence Nightingale who was born on that date in 1820. It is an opportunity for everyone around the world to remember the valuable contributions that nurses make to society.

Gordon Brown said: ‘I thank you for what you have done to come to the aid of every family in our country - and mine is one of the many who simply could not have made it through without you.'

David Cameron said: ‘This day is a way of highlighting the high regard the nation has for the profession - and its gratitude for nurses' work, their range of expertise and the care that they can give.'

Nick Clegg said: ‘International Nurses' Day is a real opportunity for us to thank nurses for their work - and reflect how much we need them. We as politicians must all recognise their vast contribution to the NHS and respond accordingly.'

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