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In pictures: Nationwide clap celebrates 72nd anniversary of NHS

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and #ClapForCarers founder Annemarie Plas led the commemoration from the doorstep of Number 10.

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Staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Staff outside Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle (Owen Humphreys/PA)

People across the UK have come together to clap in celebration for key workers on the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

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NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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NHS staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA)

The nationwide clap had been organised following a letter from the Together coalition, in which influential figures including NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby voiced their support for making July 5 an official day of commemoration.

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Sir Simon said he hoped the public will use the anniversary as an opportunity to “say a heartfelt thank you” to hospital staff.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and #ClapForCarers founder Annemarie Plas led the commemoration from the doorstep of Number 10.

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Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas outside 10 Downing Street (Victoria Jones/PA)

Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas outside 10 Downing Street (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas outside 10 Downing Street (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Dogs outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge apply hand sanitiser during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge apply hand sanitiser during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge apply hand sanitiser during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations (Joe Giddens/PA)

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