PM and Health Secretary join nursing leaders for ceremony at Westminster Abbey

They laid a white rose in memory of those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ian Snug
14 May 2021

The annual service celebrates nursing and midwifery and all staff in both professions.

The Prime Minister and Health Secretary joined nursing leaders earlier this week at a service to commemorate the life of Florence Nightingale at Westminster Abbey.

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The service is held annually with the Florence Nightingale Foundation to celebrate nursing and midwifery and all staff in both professions.

This year’s service also recognised the outstanding contribution of nurses and midwives to the nation throughout the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP laid a white rose at the Abbey’s Innocent Victims Memorial in memory of those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service was also attended by Helen Whately MP, Minister for Care; Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Health Secretary; and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Jonathan Glanz.

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Rolled up your sleeves.

A lamp, symbolic of Florence Nightingale, was carried through the Abbey and placed on the High Altar by Ruheana Begum, a Florence Nightingale Scholar and a Matron at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation.

An address was given by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London and a former Chief Nursing Officer for England. She said; Over the last year nurses, midwives and health visitors across the world have been a sign of hope.

“You have rolled up your sleeves and given of yourselves more than either we or you would have imagined, and we are profoundly thankful. ”

Mr Hancock, who spoke at the service, said it was a “privilege to attend this service in-person to commemorate Florence Nightingale and all those brilliant individuals who have chosen to follow in her footsteps to this day”.

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