CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus: Next-door neighbour tell hospital workers to "think of others, go and stay somewhere else"

Every night at 8pm, without fail, Madrid's citizens take to their balconies to give two minutes' applause for brave doctors, nurses and health workers - but not everyone is grateful.

Coronavirus: Next-door neighbour tell hospital workers to "think of others, go and stay somewhere else"
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Every night at 20:00 hours, in Madrid and all over Spain, citizens take to their balconies to applaud the doctors, nurses, carers and health workers who risk their lives every day in order to save the lives of others. Even during the times when there is no pandemic to deal with, the work they do is extraordinary - and with everything they are having to deal with in the current situation, they have our full admiration and respect.

Everybody needs good neighbours 

But it seems not everyone has the same gratitude. M. Diaz Fuentes, an anesthesiologist in Tenerife posted a tweet with some of the messages taped or pinned to the doors of some of his colleagues by their neighbours. One particularly ungrateful and rude message advised a hospital worker "to go and stay somewhere else" until the crisis is over.

"Hello neighbour,

We know about the good work you do in the hospital and we are grateful but you also have to think about your neighbours. Children and elderly pensioners live here. There are places such as the Barataria where professionals can stay.

While this carries on, I ask you to think about it".

Doctors told not to use the lift by rude neighbour

Another one bizarrely accused medical staff of being selfish...

"To the doctors in the building,

We ask you not to use the lifts or to walk about when you are inside the building. There are a lot of older people who are at high risk living here. We advise you to take the right precautions as to not end up in court. We have to look after ourselves and be responsible. Think about others!!!

Everyone know what they have to do. Coronavirus 19".

And saving the rudest and ill-mannered for last:

"Dear neighbour, Rodrigo from 7B,

It’s time you started to take care of your neighbours. We know about the work you do for the Red Cross but today we have to look after ourselves!

Please, do not come back here, the state has places for health workers to stay. Don’t ever come back!!!!!!!!"

Diaz Fuentes, whose tweet showing photos of the messages has had everyone else in disbelief, wrote: "About the applause and all that, we'll leave it for another day then?". We hope that the hard-working medical staff in Spain and all over the world know that the vast majority of us are very grateful to them and always will be.