UCLH’s Georgina McGee meets the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt 

05/07/2018 00:00 
UCLH’s Georgina McGee was among a group of NHS staff welcomed to Downing Street yesterday for a reception to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care hosted the event to celebrate the hard work, compassion and dedication of NHS staff.

Georgina, who is a nurse and manual handling advisor at UCLH, was among the attendees. Georgina, 62, began her nurse training in 1974 and has since worked in a range of roles in A&E, mental health and community nursing.

“The NHS is an amazing institution and I feel very proud to be a part of it,” she said.

“I decided I wanted to be a nurse at the age of 12 when I became very poorly. It was then that I realised what a difference nurses make to patients and it has been a real personal achievement to be able to help others throughout my career.

“I have experienced the NHS from both sides – as a nurse and a patient – and it is very reassuring to know that it is always there when you need it.”

Many of those who attended the event have worked in the NHS for more than 40 years and received a specially commissioned pin badge in recognition of their outstanding service.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The NHS is an achievement of which we are all rightly proud – providing the British people with some of the best healthcare available anywhere in the world, free at the point of use.

“I was delighted to welcome hardworking staff and volunteers to Downing Street to help mark the 70th birthday of this very special institution.

“I met people whose careers in the NHS are just starting alongside those who have given a lifetime of service – as well as innovators who are shaping the future of the NHS and of healthcare itself.

“It was a chance to thank those people for their dedication and hard work – and with our long term plan for the NHS we hope to enable NHS staff to achieve greater things in future.”

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “One of the best parts of my job is meeting with amazing staff in the NHS – every meeting is humbling, insightful and inspirational so I’m thrilled that we could celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday with so many staff yesterday.

“Many of these people have spent nearly all of their working lives in the NHS, caring for patients with endless energy and compassion. No thank you will ever be enough but it was a fantastic opportunity today to celebrate their amazing contribution to the health service, as well as recognising the work that all NHS staff across the country do every day for patients.”

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