West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is taking the opportunity on the NHS’ 73rd birthday to say thank you to the institution and all of its amazing staff.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant that the NHS, and the country, has been through a year like no other. The incredibly hard-working staff have provided hospital treatment for around 400,000 seriously ill Covid patients, including 100,000 in January alone, since the start of the pandemic.
Since the NHS made history by giving Maggie Keenan the first approved COVID-19 vaccine in December, the vaccination programme has delivered more than 63 million jabs, saving 14,000 lives and preventing 44,500 hospital admissions in England.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“On the NHS’ 73rd birthday, it is vital we recognise its place in our society and the vision of its founder and the government of the day to provide free healthcare for all without any restriction on whether you can afford to pay.
“I’d like to pay a special thanks this year to the hard-working staff throughout the NHS who have worked even harder over the past 18 months having to deal with such unmanageable numbers of patients due to Covid.
“Now more than ever, we cannot lose sight of what an incredible achievement the NHS is. We must fight to ensure it is adequately funded and resourced and forever held in public and not private hands.”
NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said:
“The NHS’s anniversary follows a uniquely challenging year for the health service and for the country.
“Twelve months ago, we all hoped the worst of coronavirus was behind us, but instead amazing NHS staff had to contend with a winter wave of infections even greater than the first.
“They rose to the challenge, not just providing care to coronavirus and other patients but, supported by volunteers and countless others, have also delivered the NHS Covid vaccine programme with unrivalled speed and precision.
“This service is an opportunity for the whole country to reflect on the toll the virus has taken since the start of the pandemic and give thanks to the nurses, doctors, therapists, paramedics and countless other NHS staff, other key workers and everyone else including all those members of the public who played their full part.”