Statement from First Minister and deputy First Minister on George Cross award for HSC

Date published: 05 July 2021

First Minister Paul Givan and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have commended our Health and Social Care workers following news of the receipt of the George Cross award.


First Minister Paul Givan said:

“The award of the George Cross by Her Majesty The Queen honours the every day heroism of our amazing health and social care workers in the battle against Covid-19.

“This is a fitting tribute to their collective and sustained efforts to provide comfort, care and hope during some very difficult and dark times.

“It recognises the personal toll this has taken on many health workers and their families and remembers all those who gave their lives in the service of others.

“We owe an immense debt of gratitude to all those who courageously stepped forward. In doing so, they followed the great tradition of the National Health Service to look after everyone with respect, dignity and compassion.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said:

“It is appropriate that the heroic efforts and enormous contribution of our health and social care staff is acknowledged and recognised. And for many within our local HSC, today’s announcement will be very much appreciated.

“Our society is indebted to all of our health workers who continue to work on the frontline in the battle against Covid. Their selflessness and courage in responding to this deadly virus on a day and daily basis has been exemplary.

“What is also now required is significant investment from the Westminster Government into our health service, and our workers, in order to continue providing the public services on which all of us so heavily depend.”

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