Boris Johnson says government is considering medals for NHS workers after coronavirus crisis

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
A piece of street art of a nurse in honour of NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic, recently painted by street artist John Doh, on a wall of The Bull Inn in Fernhill Heath, Worcestershire. (PA)

The government is considering awarding medals to NHS staff for their vital work during the coronavirus pandemic, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister confirmed that he is looking into how to honour medical workers who have been battling to save lives ever since the crisis began.

When asked by Tory MP Tom Randall if the government would consider the idea of a medal for NHS workers, Johnson replied: “We are indeed looking at the excellent suggestion made by my honourable friend’s constituent Elizabeth.

Boris Johnson confirmed that he is looking into how to honour medical workers. (PA)

“We are thinking how to recognise the work of healthcare staff, of carers, of many others and we’re engaging with staff and employers at the present time.”

Britons applaud the NHS every Thursday evening as part of the Clap for Carers campaign, while a number of key workers are to be recognised in Sterling Mint's Heroes of 2020 campaign.

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The commemorative coin and medal company has launched a range of silver medals to recognise the pandemic's key workers, with all profits to be donated to NHS Charities Together.

Ellie Orton, chief executive at NHS Charities Together, said: "The Heroes of 2020 campaign is a wonderful way to recognise the remarkable commitment made by key workers whilst also raising funds for NHS staff, volunteers and patients.

"Our COVID-19 appeal is about giving back and supporting to those who have done so much for us, and this campaign is a lovely way to do this.”

Other ideas for honouring NHS workers include a new bank holiday to be introduced in 2021.

The Public Policy Research (PPR) think tank raised the idea, which was backed by two-thirds of the country, last month.

The PPR’s report also suggested giving NHS staff a 10% bonus, which could be worth up to £3,000 for a newly qualified nurse.

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