To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to officially recognise the service of NHS workers and volunteers during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
3 February 2021
National Health Service staff and volunteers have provided world-class care to patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and deserve our recognition and support. Health and social care workers accounted for 10% of the recent New Year Honours and 14% of the 2020 Birthday Honours, with over 320 people receiving an award. We are committed to delivering 50,000 more nurses and growing the general practice workforce by 6,000 more doctors and 26,000 primary care professionals. The NHS People Plan, published last July, puts the health and wellbeing of NHS staff at its core with a new support package for staff.