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Health Secretary highlights health and social care staff delivering outstanding care over Christmas and New Year period

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Whilst the majority of the population stopped to celebrate the festive season over the past fortnight, our dedicated health and social care workforce continued to deliver outstanding treatment and patient care.

For instance, on Christmas Day alone, of the estimated 1 million people who worked this included an estimated 97,000 nurses, 53,000 healthcare assistants, 12,000 midwives, 12,000 hospital porters and 200,000 care workers supporting our vulnerable and elderly people.

On Christmas Day, the Health Secretary issued a thank you message to all health and social care staff, following the news that the NHS would serve nearly 400,000 lunches, with patients tucking into what may have been the world’s biggest festive meal.

On New Years Eve, the Health Secretary also issue a thank you message to all health and social care staff working whilst much of the country would be celebrating – making it one of the busiest nights of the year for paramedics and A&E staff in particular.


During the period of 25 December – 5 January, the Health Secretary also celebrated a range of frontline staff who make the NHS what it is – highlighting just some of the compassionate care, dedication and innovation that exists in the NHS. This followed the Department of Health’s ongoing  #NHSheroes campaign.

Whilst #NHSheroes will continue into 2017, those highlighted by #12daysofNHSheroes are below:

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