GEM marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth with a call to reduce risk on the roads
GEM Motoring Assist is using the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth (12 May 2020) to ask every road user to make safety their priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minimising hospital admissions from road collisions is a key contributor to reducing the burden on the NHS, as well as helping to bring down the baseline that will halt the spread of the coronavirus, GEM says.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “As well as the amazing dedication Florence Nightingale showed to the soldiers in the Crimea, she helped save lives during the cholera epidemic in London in 1854.
Nurses and other front-line NHS staff currently need our support like never before. We can reduce the burden they face by putting safety first on all our road journeys, whether as drivers, riders or pedestrians.
It’s alarming to think that on average each month there are nearly 3,000 road traffic collision-related admissions to NHS hospitals in England alone. Nearly all of these will be entirely preventable, yet each puts a significant burden on the emergency services and on hospital workers.
Today we remember Florence Nightingale’s dedication and life-saving work. Let’s use the opportunity to thank everyone in NHS who have been working tirelessly to save lives and look after us in recent weeks. Let’s also pause and reflect on how we use the roads, and what we can do to reduce risks on the road.
By doing so, we will not only be making our journeys safer, but we also be helping to beat the coronavirus and restore our lives closer to normality… a fitting tribute to the mother or modern nursing.”
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