NHS staff called for Boris Johnson to go at a Downing Street protest last (Thursday) night.
The protest - which was planned to coincide with the Clap For Heroes at 8pm - saw five campaigners in PPE hold a banner which read: "You failed the public, You failed the NHS, Boris must go."
According to the Evening Standard, ICU nurse Ameera Sheikh told reporters: "It's been very difficult, very challenging.
"We're stressed out and very anxious, there's a lot of PTSD amongst staff, staff are going off sick ... leaving nurses very short, which increases the risk of patients deteriorating and ultimately patients dying."
She went on to blame the 'terrible position' on a lack of planning by the Government.
She said: "This is the Government's fault, they need to take responsibility, they need to provide us with better pay and better working conditions.
"It's 8pm, it's Thursday, it's Clap for Carers, whilst we appreciate the claps that the public are doing and some of them are staying at home, we do not appreciate our Government clapping for us because essentially they are the reason why we are in this position.
Today's clap for carers marks 10 weeks of celebrating our wonderful NHS and carers in this way.- Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 28, 2020
I want to thank each and every one of our wonderful NHS and care workers for the incredible, selfless work they do to look after us all. pic.twitter.com/ED266uH9RK
"They've not planned at all and they've had months to plan ahead and they've left us in such a terrible position."
Police arrived at the scene around five minutes after the protest began and the campaigners then dispersed.
This is not the first time NHS staff have indicated that proper support and adherence to the rules would mean a lot more to them than a public clap.
Earlier this month, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke urged her Twitter followers: "Please don't clap us. Just wear a mask, wash your hands and respect lockdown."
I basically want to cry. You can't imagine what we're seeing inside hospitals today. The scale of the suffering. The horror of it all. No-one who saw it would EVER dismiss the dying for being too old or too unwell. Never. They'd do everything they could to help. This is so wrong.- Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) January 13, 2021
It comes as England's Chief Medical Officer has warned that the NHS faces the 'most dangerous situation' in living memory.
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