Award is 'worthy honour’ for staff who have worked tirelessly during pandemic to protect health of nation, says BMA

BMA press release.

Published: Monday 5 July 2021

Responding to the announcement that Her Majesty the Queen has decided to award the George Cross to the NHS to acknowledge its remarkable efforts throughout the pandemic and contribution over the last 73 years of service,  BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:

“This is a worthy honour for all NHS staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to protect the health of the nation, providing care to hundreds of thousands suffering with illness and have also saved the lives of so many. 

“The fight against Covid has been largely down to their enormous contribution, and with many putting their own health at risk as they cared of patients with a deadly and infectious illness, and with sadly several hundred losing their lives from the virus. It is only right that they should be recognised for their brave and dedicated commitment.

 “This will indeed be a welcome recognition for many who feel exhausted – physically and mentally - after the gruelling challenge of the last year. It is also a reminder just how much we rely on everyone working in our health service, from porters and cleaners to doctors and nurses.

“It is also vital to ensure that healthcare professionals work in an environment where there is an adequate workforce and resources, including enough hospitals beds and facilities in general practice. This will be vital if we are to be able to tackle the enormous backlog of over 5 million patients waiting for treatment as a result of the pandemic”.

Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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