A nurse who retired after more than 50 years in the health service did not get a word of thanks from the NHS but her efforts were recognised by her local supermarket, according to her family.
The story of the unnamed nurse was shared by her daughter on social media and has since gone viral with many commenting on the “disgusting” oversight.
In a post, that has been seen by thousands of people, Edwina Kitson described how her Mum spent “a nice final morning with her colleagues”.
However, she claimed the nurse, who was retiring after 54 years, did not get a proper thank you from the health service itself.
“My mum didn’t have a thank you from the NHS for her service – not even an acknowledgement,” she wrote.
But when the nurse popped into her local Waitrose supermarket in Wimborne, Dorset, on her way home and mentioned she was retiring to a member of staff she was surprised with a gift of thanks by the store.
“She briefly mentioned it was her last day in the NHS after 54 years to a worker after enquiring about something,” said Ms Kitson.
“In the short time it took her to do her shopping she was greeted at the door by the manager with roses, flowers, strawberries and cream – and thanked for her service to the NHS personally from the manager of Waitrose,” she said.
“This made my mum’s day. Shame on you NHS. Thank you Waitrose,” she added.
The story has so far attracted 369,000 “likes” or other reactions, including thousands of icons showing weeping, shocked or angry faces.
Scores of people have commented with many berating this “shocking treatment” and “really poor show from the NHS”.
Some responding to the post claimed the same had happened to them or their relatives who had worked in the NHS for a long time.
However, others said this was not typical and NHS organisations generally did thank long-serving staff.
“To be fair to the NHS, Waitrose staff probably aren’t as stretched with life-saving work,” said one of the many people who shared their thoughts. “But a gesture might have been nice [from the NHS].”