The National Health Service has been awarded the George Cross by the Queen.
The award is in recognition of the NHS’s 73 years of dedicated service and the efforts of healthcare workers during COVID-19 epidemics.
NHS It was made on our doorstep Now known as Trafford General in 1948.
This is only the second time George Cross Collectively assigned to an organization.
A personal message from the Queen in support of the award, written by her Majesty:
“It is with great pleasure that on behalf of a grateful nation, I present the George Cross to the UK’s National Health Service Award.
“This award recognizes all subjects and all NHS staff, past and present in all four countries.
“Collectively, for more than seven decades, they have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication, demonstrating a high standard of public service.
“Thank you all for your courage and heartfelt appreciation.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “We would not be where we are today without our health services. NHS staff have been protecting us and our friends and family on the epidemic front for over a year. And I’ve seen their courage before.
“Thanks to his devotion and duty, our NHS has saved countless lives, and the George Cross is a symbol of gratitude to the nation.
“I know the whole of the UK is behind me in paying tribute and thanking the NHS for what it has done for us, not just in the past year, but since its inception.”
The George Cross was created in 1940 by King George VI for his heroic deeds during the Blitz.
It was first given collectively to the people of Malta by King George VI in 1942 and to the Royal Ulster Constabulary (a professional runner in the Northern Ireland Police Service) in 1999.
The award is Britain’s largest civilian gallantry award, equivalent to the Victoria Cross.
It is jointly with the Victoria Cross at the top of the UK’s Honors system and is dedicated to the greatest act of bravery or the most obvious act of courage in the face of extreme danger.