Filipino healthcare workers are in the frontlines helping countries around the world fight the spread of the highly contagious and deadly coronavirus disease 2019.
And their contribution to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) was acknowledged by British broadcaster Piers Morgan during Tuesday's "Good Morning Britain" broadcast.
“Amazing number of Filipinos working at NHS and unsung heroes,” he said as he read out some names on a list. One of them was working in the same hospital where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently confined.
Morgan said they tend to forget “these extraordinary workforce” from around the world to help out the NHS.
“These are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives, coming here and enriching our country and doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Filipinos who are here doing an amazing work and to every other immigrant working at NHS. I hope at the end of this, perhaps we have a different feeling about what immigration has done of this country,” he said.
According to Philippine Ambassador to London Antonio Lagdameo, of the estimated 200,000 Filipinos in the UK, around 21,000 are healthcare workers employed by the NHS and other private hospitals.