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Rory Stewart has paid tribute to the NHS on its 70th birthday, praising it as “a service which has inspired the world”.

The 70th anniversary of the NHS’ foundation was marked with a range of celebrations, across both Cumbria and the country. In Westminster the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards were held, in which Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) triumphed, winning the Excellence in Primary Care Award. These awards were designed to identify and recognise the most outstanding examples of care, innovation and quality within the Health Service and CHoC beat almost a hundred contenders to take home the trophy. It was nominated for the award by Rory, Trudy Harrison, John Stevenson and Tim Farron.

The “Go Blue” campaign, championed by the North Cumbria NHS Trust, was also a notable success. Penrith Town Hall, thanks to the work of Kevin Beaty, was illuminated blue, and proudly flew an NHS flag while, in London, due to Rory’s efforts, the Palace of Westminster was lit up in a visual tribute to the Health Service. Earlier in the day, services were held at Carlisle Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and across the country to mark this national anniversary.

Commenting on the day’s celebrations, Rory said, “The last few days have been fantastic, demonstrating the gratitude felt across the country for the NHS. The celebrations have been extremely memorable and it was a particular pleasure to see CHoC triumph at the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards. It deserves our congratulations and our thanks for the work that it does. It was also a privilege to see the Palace of Westminster lit in blue yesterday evening and to view the illuminations that took place across Cumbria. I would like to thank all of those who organised and participated in the celebrations and, most importantly, all of those who work tirelessly to make the NHS a service which has inspired the world for the past seventy years”.

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