Piers Morgan has spoken out in favour of the immigrants who are doing an 'amazing job' for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Morgan, who has become something of a man-of-the-people character during the crisis, standing up to politicians in favour of the public, admitting that he was surprised to learn that the friends of a woman who works for him are all employed by the National Health Service. The presenter and journalist said:
A lovely Filipino woman who works for me, Corinne, was talking to her friends on Zoom yesterday and she said that all of them are in the NHS. I had no idea. I didn't realise. All of her friends are in the NHS and I asked her 'what do they do?'
She sent me this list and I'm just going to say them because we forget about this extraordinary workforce that comes from all around the world to work for the NHS and I just want to give them a little shout out.
Erin, nurse manager at Guy's Hospital and Nightingale Hospital, Ayesha who is a senior staff nurse at the intensive care unit at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital which is where Boris Johnson is.
Terifa and Venus, nurses at the infectious diseases team at Northwick Park Hospital. Princess Short who is a nurse at St Mary's Hospital. Louis who is a nurse at Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth and the whole team at Cheston Allergy Department at St Mary's Hospital.
An amazing number of Filipinos work in our NHS and unsung heroes, like so many but I just wanted to give them a shout out right now. Just outstanding care.
It’s worth bearing in mind when we talk about immigrants in this country, these are the immigrants currently saving people's lives. Coming here and actually enriching our country and doing an amazing job. So thank you to all the Filipinos who are here and to every other immigrant who works in the NHS currently and I hope at the end of this we have perhaps a different sentiment and a different feeling about what immigration has done for this country.
Morgan, who, in the past hasn't always presented himself as the most progressive or agreeable of characters, found his words resonating with viewers, many of whom confessed that they don't usually agree with him.
As of Monday, more than 51,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK with 5,373 of those resulting in deaths.