The UK’s three main political parties have all sent messages of support to those celebrating International Nurses’ Day.
New Prime Minister 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.”
Lib Dem leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg added: “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.”
Outgoing Labour chief Gordon Brown, who resigned as PM on Tuesday, reflected the comments, saying: “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.”
International Nurses’ Day is celebrated each year on 12 May, the date of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.