An NHS trust that handed out individual tea bags as a “thank you” to staff says their gesture has been taken “out of context”.
The clip was captioned ‘What my dad got at work as a “gift”‘, with an accompanying post reading ‘#teaisahumanright’ and ‘#clapforourcarers’.
Onlookers reacted furiously, with one saying, ‘Wow, a two-cent gift. But you can’t take a break to use it. What an insult!
Another wrote: “I saw this and laughed before remembering that a trust really thought it would placate staff.”
“I’ve seen little packets with tea bags, but that’s a lot different than a single tea bag.”
One TikTok user said: ‘Tell me this is a joke? These workers are heroes. They should get free tea anyway. I am furious at the lack of respect.
The video creator replied: ‘We don’t get anything for free on the NHS. We have to pay for our own milk, tea bags and coffee. That’s why this is a gift!
Paul Aidan joked, “Even worse considering it costs £300 to boil a kettle at the moment.”
But the head of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust insisted the gesture had been taken out of context.
A trust spokesman said it was a way of saying ‘thank you’ to staff on International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day in May.
The trust’s chief executive officer, Matthew Hopkins, said: “Of course, we are enormously appreciative of the hard work put in by all of our staff who care about our communities and are always looking for new ways to show appreciation and kindness to our teams.”
‘As a thank you for all your amazing efforts during the pandemic, we’re working with our charity and union partners to show our appreciation in a variety of ways.
‘This included offering each colleague an extra day of paid leave and for all our staff working over the Christmas and New Year’s fortnight, we provided a free meal every day.
‘In addition, we have a wide range of support to protect your mental and physical health and well-being and we continue to offer free parking for all staff.
‘As an extra small but sincere thank you to our midwives and nurses for International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day in May, we are sending each of them a certificate and a gift bag with a series of items, including a branded tea bag, to encourage them to take a break.
“We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all the hard work you do and also raise awareness of the important work our hospital charity is doing to support the well-being of our staff.
“It’s a shame that a small act of kindness, done with good intentions as part of one of the many ways we say ‘thank you,’ has been taken out of context in this way.”
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