The Queen has awarded the George Cross to the NHS, recognising staff in all four nations.In a personal handwritten message, the Queen said staff have carried out their work “with courage, compassion and dedication” for more than 70 years.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has indicated that Covid vaccines could become mandatory for all NHS staff.
"We haven't made a final decision about whether we're going to make is compulsory, as we have in the care sector, but our direction of travel is to do so," he said. Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Sir Keir Starmer has voiced his opposition to mandatory vaccinations for NHS staff, saying it could risk further staff shortages.
The Labour leader said: "We've got a crisis coming down the track for the NHS … the last thing we can afford is for thousands of people to be pushed out of their jobs in the NHS." Report by Buseld. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn