Boris Johnson thanks the doctors and nurses who 'saved his life'

Boris Johnson thanks the doctors and nurses who 'saved his life'

THE PRIME Minister praised the doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who took care of him with coronavirus while in hospital.

The video was posted on social media by Boris Johnson who was released today from St Thomas.

By name he thanked his doctors and nurses for the hard work of nurses Po Ling, Shannon, Emily, Angel, Connie, Becky, Rachael, Nicky, Ann, Jenny and Luis.

He said: “I know that across this country, 24 hours a day, for every second of every hour, there are hundreds and thousands of NHS staff who are acting with the same care and thought and precision.

“That is why we will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together.

“We will win because our NHS is the beating heart of this country. It’s best of this country. It’s unconquerable. It is powered by love.

"So thank you from me, and from all of us, to the NHS, and let’s remember to follow the rules on social distancing.”

He added: "In the last seven days, I have of course seen the pressure that the NHS is under.

"I have seen the personal courage not just of the doctors and nurses but of everyone - the cleaners, the cooks, the health care workers of every description. Physios, radiographers, pharmacists - who have kept coming to work, kept putting themselves in harm's way, kept risking this deadly virus.

"It is thanks to that courage, that devotion, that duty and that love that our NHS has been unbeatable."

Downing Street said he would not return to work immediately on orders from doctors and would then go to his Buckinghamshire country residence to recover.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "The PM has been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery at Chequers.

"On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work.

"He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas' for the brilliant care he has received.

"All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness."

The announcement of the PM's hospital discharge prompted his fiancee Carrie Symonds to tweet in praise of the "incredible" staff at St Thomas 'Hospital in London.

"There were times last week that were very dark indeed. My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.

"Thank you also to everyone who sent such kind messages of support. Today I'm feeling incredibly lucky."

The death toll of Covid-19 patients at the UK hospital was expected to cross 10,000 on Sunday as the controversy over the provision of protective equipment for health care staff continued to rage.

Image: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thanked the NHS staff who looked after him in hospital.