NHS staff criticised for dancing

Families of cancer patients pan ‘disrespectful’ videos of dancing NHS staff while patients are dying due to cancelled operations

  • Nurses across the country have posted videos to social platform TikTok 
  • Have been seen dancing around wards and some people have criticised them 
  • Other nurses have used social platforms to highlight the work they are doing 
  • Videos were posted to lift spirits but some people complained about them  
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Terri-ann Williams and Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 11:35 EDT, 22 April 2020 | Updated: 13:57 EDT, 22 April 2020

The families of cancer patients who have had their treatment and scans cancelled have criticised NHS staff for posting videos of dance routines in hospitals.

Groups of nurses from wards in the likes of London, Buckinghamshire, Leeds and Wolverhampton have created the videos using the TikTok app.

One woman whose brother was treating coronavirus patients in London and sister was performing surgery said she was ‘seriously p***ed off’ by the clips.

The videos were created by various department to lift spirits at a time where morale in many hospitals is low due to an increased death rate, a lack of PPE and a higher risk to staff members. 

While some social media users criticised the videos, others said they were providing ‘light relief’ at a stressful time. 

It comes after members of the public continue to gather outside their homes and places of work to Clap for Carers on a Thursday evening. 

NHS workers at University Hospitals Derby and Burton Trust posted the video to social media to raise moral. The caption said: 'This is your Monday reminder that you are capable of anything* no patients were left uncared for in the making of this video

NHS workers at University Hospitals Derby and Burton Trust posted the video to social media to raise moral. The caption said: 'This is your Monday reminder that you are capable of anything* no patients were left uncared for in the making of this video

NHS workers at University Hospitals Derby and Burton Trust posted the video to social media to raise moral. The caption said: ‘This is your Monday reminder that you are capable of anything* no patients were left uncared for in the making of this video

Many social media users have taken to Twitter to complain about the video NHS workers have posted

The weekly event has inspired many to clap for the people who are keeping the country ticking, including NHS workers, care home staff, support workers, supermarket assistants, delivery drivers and the Royal Mail to name a few.

Many people have found their own way to celebrate the NHS and other key workers including 99-year-old Captain Tom Moore, who has been walking around his garden to raise funds for NHS staff.

This is while others have taken to the streets, while social distancing, to take part in Run For Heroes, a campaign where people get out, run five kilometres and then donate £5 to NHS Charities Together. 

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis nurses have also taken to various social media platforms to chart their experiences, help fund raise for worthy causes and in some cases have even thanked those who come together every Thursday evening to clap. 

Nurses in Leeds

Nurses in Leeds

Nurses in Leeds were seen dancing in their scrubs in one TikTok video posted to the platform

Nurses in Leeds were seen dancing in their scrubs in one TikTok video posted to the platform

Nurses in Leeds were seen dancing in their scrubs in one TikTok video posted to the platform

While some people criticised the NHS workers, other supported them and said it was 'light relief for the staff'

While some people criticised the NHS workers, other supported them and said it was 'light relief for the staff'

While some people criticised the NHS workers, other supported them and said it was ‘light relief for the staff’

Those dancing in the videos seem to be trying to lift spirits in their local hospitals.

One trust, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS, posted a video of one of their nurses dancing and even made a clear effort to tell followers that ‘no patients were left uncared for in the making of the video’. 

But some didn’t see the video as heart warming and despite the national effort to thank workers, some people have become irritated by videos posted on social media of nurses dancing in their scrubs. 

One social media user said: ‘I’m seriously p***ed off seeing NHS staff dancing and fooling around. My brother is working 14-hour days in an ICU in London treating Covid-19 patients.

Some of the videos have been criticised, but others have encouraged the workers to keep going

Some of the videos have been criticised, but others have encouraged the workers to keep going

Some of the videos have been criticised, but others have encouraged the workers to keep going 

Bucks Radiology tweeted this video of staff members dancing in a treatment room

Bucks Radiology tweeted this video of staff members dancing in a treatment room

Bucks Radiology tweeted this video of staff members dancing in a treatment room 

‘My sister is still performing surgery and is separated from her son. Cancer patients are having treatment and scans cancelled.

‘I’ve seen it from several different hospitals, it’s so disrespectful when there are so many ill and dying. Imagine someone who has just lost a loved one seeing these dumb videos.’ 

Nurses in Leeds were seen dancing in the corridors as they tried to cheer themselves and each other up, many people commenting on this particular video urged the nurses to ‘keep on dancing’. 

The dancing videos, that were set up in jest and to lighten spirits of those working seem to have caused offense across social media and one user said that the ‘general consensus’ was that ‘the public find this offensive’. 

Across the UK health care workers have been forced to dealing with a lack of PPE, putting themselves in danger every day. 

Nurses have also been using social media platforms to document this with may showcasing their own creations in order to raise awareness of the lack of protective equipment on hand. 

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