Letter to Editor: The NHS will mark its’ 73rd ‘birthday’ on 5 July after a year like no other
Health / Mon 5th Jul 2021 at 07:59am
THE NHS will mark its’ 73rd ‘birthday’ on 5 July after a year like no other.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals across the country have cared for around 400,000 seriously ill COVID-19 patients, including more than 100,000 admitted in January alone, while continuing to manage ‘everyday’ health and wellbeing concerns of the population.
At the same time, the NHS has rolled out the biggest vaccination programme in our history. In Hertfordshire and West Essex, 991,845 people have already had at least one vaccination, with 743,795 now fully protected (1 July figures). This huge achievement is thanks to the collective effort of GP practice staff, community and hospital trusts, and everyone who has responded to the call to protect themselves, their friends and their families against the virus by getting vaccinated.
Our vaccination sites have been supported by thousands of dedicated volunteers who have selflessly given up their time week in, week out, and in all weathers, to help clinics run smoothly.
We could not have made it through our 73rd year without the commitment and dedication of our staff, including those who heeded the call to return to work from retirement, supported by volunteers, keyworkers and the public. We have been hugely moved by the care and generosity which has been shown to our people; from shopkeepers shepherding NHS staff to the front of queues, teachers caring for our children during lockdown and members of the public fundraising for NHS charities, your kindness has made a huge difference.
We therefore want to use our 73rd birthday as an opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped the NHS this year – your ongoing support means more to us than any birthday present.
Dr Jane Halpin and the Rt Hon. Paul Burstow – Chief Executive and Chair of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System.
Well done NHS Happy Birthday you've done your country so proud.