Mayor’s tribute to NHS hours before they fought to save brother

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson recorded a heartfelt tribute to NHS workers in Liverpool hospitals just hours before those same staff members battled to save his brother.

Mayor Anderson announced on Friday that his older brother Bill had been rushed into the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital having fallen seriously ill with covid-19.

Sadly on Saturday morning he tweeted to say that despite the best efforts from everyone at the hospital, Bill Anderson had passed away at 10.45pm the night before.

Bill, 70, a former seaman and union figure has been described as 'irreplaceable' by those who knew him.

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Mayor Anderson was full of praise for the doctors and nurses who tried to save his brother's life.

But in a poignant revelation, it transpires that just hours before he got the news that Bill had been rushed into hospital, the city mayor had recorded a heartfelt tribute to the NHS workers in the Royal who would shortly be fighting to save his brother's life.

Liverpool City Council was granted access to the Royal's busy covid wards in a bid to show how serious the situation in the city's hospitals now are.

On one of the powerful film clips released by the council, Mayor Anderson provides an emotional voiceover tribute to the staff in the hospital.

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He won't have known at this point that just hours later they would be fighting to save his brother.

On the video clip, the mayor said: "Covid is on the rise across the city and the region and its having a direct impact on hospital admissions.

"Every day you see teams of doctors and nurses going above and beyond the call of duty in trying to support people who have been admitted to hospital in dealing with the virus they are suffering from.

"They're putting their lives at risk every single day.

"PPE has become normal, its the way of life inside the hospital and its a real reminder of the health and safety risks our hospital staff are taking every single day on every single shift.

"They're becoming physically and mentally exhausted as they try to support us and support our families."

He added: "The virus is out of control and it takes no prisoners, it doesn't discriminate, so the people in this ward and within the other covid wards in this hospital could be your mum, your dad, one of your children, your grandmother or any member of your family, now or in the weeks coming."

In a message to the people of the city, Mayor Anderson said: "Nobody is immune. That's why its important that people see what's happening in these wards, I'm telling you that your actions can and will make a difference

"Covid is our enemy, not each other.

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"We have two choices to make, to do something to try and bring this virus under control or to do nothing and let it spread.

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"There are now too many people dying of covid and too many people being infected, over 3,000 people have now got the infection in our city.

"As you can see in these pictures, our wards are becoming very full and our ICU unit is becoming full.

"So its important that we all work together, play our role in maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing our hands and following the new rules.

"I'm asking you to do this because I know you love your city and you love your National Health Service, let's give them the support they need and let's continue to follow the rules and we can get through this in a month and start to bring the virus down and the R rate down and try and get back to some normality.

"Please take care of each other, support one another and let's get through this together."

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