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Johnson's Christmas message to NHS Staff

18th December 2008

Health Secretary Alan Johnson has spoken of the dedication of NHS staff and a radical new vision for the service in his Christmas message.

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He also reflected on the personal pride he felt at celebrating another Christmas in his post.

Mr Johnson said: "I feel proud to be celebrating another Christmas as Health Secretary.

There is no such thing as a quiet year for the NHS, and 2008 has been no exception.

"The NHS has celebrated its 60th birthday in style: ending long waits; turning the tide on infection; paving the way for life-saving advances in medicine through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, and improving mental health with the World Health Organisation praising our services as the best in Europe."

He also commented on achievements such as offering a radically new vision for the NHS over the next six decades with the Next Stage Review, with its focus on quality, and the NHS Constitution.

"The NHS is characterised by the immense dedication of its staff," he said. "During my time as Health Secretary, I have been privileged to observe that dedication at first hand from staff who are always prepared to go the extra mile and often well beyond to improve the quality of their patients’ lives."

And while some staff may enjoy a festive break, he remarked "countless NHS staff will still be working."

He added: "Next year will bring new challenges, and with excellent leadership and increased investment, I’m sure it will be yet another very special year for the NHS."

 

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