Coronavirus: Brian May says deaths of frontline NHS workers are a ‘national disgrace’ | Ents & Arts News

Brian May says it’s a “national disgrace” that doctors and nurses are dying on the coronavirus frontline.

Speaking to Sarah-Jane Mee on her new podcast In This Together, The Queen guitarist said NHS staff battling COVID-19 are paying the price of years of neglect.

Talking about the healthcare workers risking their lives to save others during the coronavirus outbreak, May said: “I just wish we were taking better care of them. I wish they had proper PPE [personal protective equipment] and I wish they’d been better equipped.

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“Unfortunately, the NHS was run down for many years before this happened. And this is the price we pay. The actual lives of these wonderful people who are putting themselves at risk every day.

“I can’t believe we’ve actually lost doctors and nurses, it’s a national tragedy and disgrace.

“Thank God we’ve woken up and we can give them the proper support they need. I hope they get everything [they need].”

Looking ahead to the future, May added: “And I hope at the end of this, they get a decent wage apart from anything else.”

In a bid to raise both funds for charity and peoples spirits, May has joined forces with London all-female rock band King’s Daughters for his latest single Get Up.

Brian May playing a bit of guitar while socially distancing up on the roof. YouTube/Get Up
Brian May playing a bit of guitar while socially distancing up on the roof. YouTube/Get Up

The uplifting track was recorded during lockdown, with fans from across 44 different countries sending in clips from their mobile phones to make the video.

The video also features a little cameo from May’s wife – former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson.

The full interview with May is included in Sarah-Jane’s In This Together podcast, which aims to celebrate uplifting moments during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fleur East and King’s Daughters lead singer Talia Dean also join in the podcast chat.

#InThisTogether is available on Spotify, Apple Music and wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.

Gt Up by Kings Daughters, produced by and featuring Brian May, is out now – and 10% from each purchase of the song goes to the mental health charity Mind.

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