Boris Johnson hails dedicated Russells Hall Hospital staff fighting Covid-19 pandemic
The efforts of NHS staff at a Black Country hospital during the coronavirus crisis have been recognised by the Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson thanked workers at Russells Hall Hospital for their hard work and bravery in helping to battle against Covid-19 in a letter to bosses.
The PM also said he was sorry he was not able to visit the Dudley hospital during his recent visit to the town, where he announced an investment package to try and lead the country to recovery, but hoped to do so soon.
Diane Wake, chief executive of the Dudley Group NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said Mr Johnson's letter was "lovely recognition" of the work done by staff over the last few months.
He referred to his own battle with coronavirus, which saw him placed into intensive care.
The PM said in the letter: "I was sorry I was not able to visit Russells Hall Hospital while I was in Dudley on June 30, but I wanted to write to thank you and all your staff for everything that you are doing for your local community.
"The fight against Covid-19 is a truly global battle, against the deadliest threat this country has faced since the Second World War but the NHS has risen to the occasion. I will always be grateful for what the doctors, nurses and other NHS staff did for me and are continuing to do for thousands of others during this difficult time.
"The dedication and bravery of our NHS workers caring selflessly for all of us is truly second to none.
"I know from your local Members of Parliament, Marco Longhi and Mike Wood, what a fantastic job the hospital is doing for the community in Dudley.
"!I very much hope to have the chance to visit you when the circumstances allow. In the meantime, please be assured of my thanks for all the hard work of your team."