As Christmas nears and 2014 draws to a close, I would like to offer my thanks to you all for your hard work throughout the year. It is your commitment, care and specialist knowledge that make our NHS so great. I am incredibly proud of what we achieve every year, and I look ahead to 2015 enthusiastically.
Many of you this Christmas will be sacrificing your precious family time to work in our front line services. You allow us to enjoy the festivities, safe in the knowledge that our NHS is continuing to help those who need care and medical attention. Each year I hear heart-warming stories of NHS staff keeping up the spirits of those unable to spend their festive period at home and with their families. This vital role is much appreciated. A special mention and thanks should also be given to our NHS colleagues who, along with staff from Public Health England, have volunteered to help combat the global Ebola crisis in West Africa. Although far away from home this Christmas, they are not far from our thoughts.
The NHS is busier than it has ever been, but despite this extra demand, patients are seeing significant improvements and continue to receive excellent care. As ever, my frontline shifts in hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies have proven incredibly rewarding, and I have seen countless examples of the hard work that goes into making our NHS so great.
One of my personal highlights of this year was earlier this month when my fellow Cabinet ministers joined me in becoming Dementia Friends. I would like to invite you all to show your support for dementia awareness in 2015 and become Dementia Friends by clicking here.
So, once again, I offer you all sincere thanks for your unwavering service. I hope that you find the time to enjoy the festivities and Christmas period.
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