Prince Charles Visits Hospital To Thank Staff & Condemn The Rise Of 'Unacceptable' Attacks Against Medical Workers — Photos

prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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Jun. 28 2021, Published 3:07 p.m. ET

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Duty calls! On June 17, Prince Charles stopped by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London to chat with health secretary Matt Hancock and the National Health Service staff.

While there, me mixed and mingled with doctors, paramedics and more, thanking them all for their service.

Scroll down to see pictures from the royal's solo outing!

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prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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Though the Prince of Wales was wearing a face mask while chatting with Hancock, it was clear that he was smiling. Charles donned a navy blue pinstripe suit and a a light blue polka-dotted tie for the meeting.

prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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During his visit, the father-of-two took a moment to condemn the rise in violent attacks against medical workers.

"When I think of what it has been like for so long, and how many people have been lucky enough to have wonderful paramedics and ambulance staff coming to their rescue... But now you find the situation rising – violence, attacks, verbal attacks, racial abuse and everything else," he stated. "To me it’s unreal, unacceptable. Why attack the people who are trying to look after you?"

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prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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This month, it was announced that paramedics would wear body cameras while working, hoping it will scare off potential offenders.

"Sadly, our latest figures show there have been 529 violent incidents on our staff and volunteers between April 2020 and January this year," revealed London Ambulance Service's Antony Tiernan. "Those attacks include kicking, punching, head-butting, biting and spitting and there have also been 31 assaults with weapons. In addition, there have been 834 incidents of verbal abuse and threats."

prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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Once the report was released, a Clarence House spokesperson released a statement on Charles' behalf.

"The Prince of Wales was shocked to hear that those who have done so much for all of us in this pandemic are the victims of abuse and violence from a small minority," the message read. "NHS frontline staff and volunteers deserve our support, thanks and respect for the important work that they do."

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prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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A breath of fresh air! Charles and his acquaintances took their face masks off once they were outdoors.

prince charles hrh prince of wales with health secretary matt hancock meeting nhs staff
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A bundle of joy! Charles' face lit up when he met one woman's newborn.

Before he left for the day, he thanked the hospital staff once more. "What would we do without you? I was very interested to hear about the things that you have had to put up with. It’s inexcusable," he noted. "We owe you a huge debt of gratitude."

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