‘The NHS should be awarded the George Cross’

From: Mr C J Ball, Finkil Street, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

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The Queen should give George Cross to NHS to show our thanks

THE highest civilian award in this country is the George Cross.

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It has twice been awarded collectively, first to the island of Malta for its bravery in the Second World War, and more recently to the Royal Ulster Constabulary. When the current corona crisis is over, surely the third collective recipient must be our NHS?

Members of the fire brigade clapping outside the Nightingale Hospital at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate, to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Alternatively, perhaps a new and equally prestigious award could be created by Her Majesty the Queen to offer the nation’s thanks and recognise the efforts now being made. It could be called either the Elizabeth Medal or the Nightingale Medal.

From: Peter English, Harrogate.

WHEN the battle against coronavirus is finally won, and the fortunate amongst us can return to normality, can I suggest that, as a thank you to all our NHS staff, teachers, delivery drivers, bin men, supermarket staff et al, the next Remembrance Day parade be led by these selfless people?

From: Henry Cobden, Ilkley.

Police Community Support Officers clapping outside the Nightingale Hospital at the Harrogate Convention Centre in Harrogate, to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative.

HOW about every NHS staff member and volunteer getting the Nightingale Medal for their response to the pandemic? Even posthumously for those who tragically gave their lives.

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