Akkad’s video quickly circulated on social media. Trade unions labeled the exclusion of professions as cleaners “outrageous”. The Labor Party also criticized.
After the video appeared, Interior Minister Priti Patel announced that the scheme would be adjusted. The next of kin of health care support workers may also remain in the country in the future.
Akkad won an important film award
Hassan Akkad, 32, came to the UK in 2015. Before the corona crisis, he was a photographer and filmmaker. For one of his films he received a BAFTA, one of the most important British film awards.
Last month, he signed up as a cleaner in a hospital in London, because his work as a media maker is often still. “I was looking for a job where I could help the community in a more direct way,” he told British Guardian newspaper. “I saw a hospital in the area looking for cleaners. I applied and started working there that same week.”
Akkad was touched by all the support he received following his videos. “This goes beyond this arrangement. This is one way we can discuss how to create a fairer, more inclusive and friendlier society.”