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Phil Johns Chief Executive, said:
Sadly, as you will be aware, our longest reigning monarch, The Queen passed away.

The Queen has been a constant presence and source of stability for much of the population, including supporting the NHS for the majority of its 74 years.

We will all mark and acknowledge the passing of the Queen in our own personal way. For some, this may be a period of great sadness, for others it will be a period of reflection. 

Last year, health leaders were honoured that Her Majesty, The Queen awarded the George Cross to the National Health Services of the United Kingdom, acknowledging the courage, compassion and dedication of its staff.

Throughout the official period of mourning and indeed beyond it, the NHS will continue to be there for everyone and anyone who needs it.

Statement from Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England
"I know I speak on behalf of the whole NHS when I say how incredibly saddened, we are by the news Her Majesty, The Queen has passed away.
The Queen dedicated her life to public service, and it was our proudest moment when she awarded NHS staff the George Cross earlier this year, for their compassion and courage over the last 74 years but particularly during the pandemic.

My heartfelt condolences are with the Royal Family at this time".

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