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Staff from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group attend Westminster Abbey for NHS 70th birthday national event

05 July 2018


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Three members of staff from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) are excited to be attending the prestigious national celebration to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS at Westminster Abbey, on Thursday 5 July.

Around 3,000 NHS staff from across the country are expected to attend the national ceremonies at Westminster Abbey and York Minster, alongside representatives of charities, councils, and other organisations.

Bedford Hospital, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group will also be represented at the event.

Sir Malcolm Grant, NHS England chairman, said: “The NHS’s 1.5m staff work hard every day to keep the people of this country well and they deserve to be celebrated. We want to say a huge thank you for all the hard work and extra effort our staff have contributed over the last 70 years – without you we wouldn’t be the world class service we are today.”

Bernie Harrison, Senior Quality Manager for Community Services at Bedfordshire CCG will be attending Westminster Abbey with two of her colleagues, and said:

“I am honoured to be attending the 70 year NHS Celebration and proud to represent Bedfordshire CCG staff. Having worked in the NHS for over 27 years as a nurse and as a health visitor, I have seen many changes during my career, but it has been my privilege to put the quality of patient care at the heart of all that I do.”

Joanna Glennon a Project Officer in BCCG’s Contracts and Finance team, works to ensure good value for NHS services, and said: “I feel so honoured to be attending the NHS birthday event at Westminster Abbey, and to have the chance to represent my colleagues from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group who will all be hard at work on the big day. I am so proud to be able to play my part in our NHS.”

Senior Communications and Engagement Manager at Bedfordshire CCG, Sarah Frisby, previously worked for several years at Bedford Hospital and said: “I am so excited to be attending this very special event. It has been a privilege to be part of the NHS team with dedicated colleagues, and very humbling to work with patients, and hear about their ideas and experiences.”

Celebrations for the NHS milestone birthday are taking place up and down the country recognising the achievements of the NHS and the staff who are there to support and care for patients every day.

For more information about the birthday celebrations, visit:  www.nhs70.nhs.uk 

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