Leaders of Staffordshire County Council have written to UHDB to commend colleagues for their commitment during the "extraordinarily difficult" Covid-19 pandemic.
The letter, addressed from Leader of the Council, Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health and Care, Julia Jessel and Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care, Johnny McMahon, comes after the NHS was awarded the George Cross by Her Majesty The Queen earlier this year.
The George Cross is the highest civilian award for gallantry and is the equivalent to the Victoria Cross. It has only ever been bestowed collectively twice before being awarded to the NHS earlier this year.
The letter reads:
"We would like to thank the local NHS for your efforts during the Covid pandemic and congratulate you on the recent award of the George Cross. Please extend our thanks to frontline workers, particularly those who put themselves at risk during the pandemic.
"This has been an extraordinarily difficult 18 months and we are proud of the way that the NHS locally has risen to the challenge. It shows what can be accomplished when we focus on providing the best care and protecting the public, adapting clinical practice in accordance with changing circumstances and emerging evidence, with the minimum of bureaucracy and governance."