Queen awards George Cross to NHS for staff’s courage and compassion
express– The service is to be honoured today, its 73rd anniversary, with Britain’s highest civilian medal. But the news triggered calls for new Health Secretary Sajid Javid to reward our Covid heroes with a fair pay rise of “at least five per cent”. In a handwritten tribute, the monarch praised NHS employees for their pandemic response. The Queen wrote: “It is with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation, that I award the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom.