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The NHS will be presented the George Cross by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, in an Audience at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 12th July 2022.

Commenting on the award on the Health Service's 74th birthday, NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said:

“The George Cross award recognises the courage, the compassion and the skill of our NHS staff and I am honoured to be attending on their behalf next week.

“Under the most difficult of circumstances during the pandemic, our staff responded magnificently – caring for over 750,000 people with covid-19 in hospitals and many more in the community, treating hundreds of thousands of people with other health needs, as well as designing and delivering the biggest and most successful NHS vaccination programme in our history - protecting the public at speed, helping to get the country back to normal and saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

“Today, on the NHS’ birthday, we are marking their extraordinary efforts in the face of adversity but also their dedication over the last 74 years.

“The George Cross is for everyone working in every part of the NHS - our nurses, doctors, cleaners, paramedics, porters, therapists – and the entire team, who make the NHS what it is today for millions of people and their families.”