Back in May of last year, we reported on Lord Ashcroft's proposal to award the National Health Service a collective George Cross akin to that awarded to Malta in World War II and to The Royal Ulster Constabulary (later the Police Service of Northern Ireland) in 2000. Well, now that has come to pass with Her Majesty the Queen today (July 5, the 73rd anniversary of the Health Service) announcing that the NHS will be awarded the country's highest award for bravery "not in the face of the enemy". In a handwritten note Her Majesty said:
"It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom.
"This award recognises all NHS staff, past and present, across all disciplines and all four nations.
"Over more than seven decades, and especially in recent times, you have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication, demonstrating the highest standards of public service.
"You have our enduring thanks and heartfelt appreciation."
We'll have more in the August edition of MEDAL NEWS published on August 1