The BBC has reported that the NHS has been awarded the George Cross by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The George Cross is the highest award bestowed by the British government for “non-operational gallantry or gallantry not in the presence of an enemy.”
Health leaders from the four UK nations were awarded the medal at a small ceremony at Windsor Castle, in what is only the third time ever that a George Cross has been awarded to an organisation, rather than to an individual.
May Parsons, the nurse who administered the first ever approved COVID-19 vaccine, and NHS England Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard attended on behalf of the NHS. The medal will go on a tour of the NHS before a permanent home for it is found.
Congratulations to all NHS staff, past and present!
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