Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list, acknowledging his contributions to the health service.
Sir Simon has been fundamental in the recent NHS Long-Term Plan, as well as the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access. He is credited with playing a significant role in negotiating the funding settlement awarded to the service during Theresa May’s Government.
Other notable figures receiving Honours are Dame Sally Davies, now Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and Jonathan Richard Symonds, Chair of Genomics England, also being made a Knight.
The Government press release reports that Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“It’s fantastic to see so many of our incredible NHS and social care staff recognised for their incredible achievements.
“In particular, Professor Dame Sally Davies had an extraordinary impact during her time as Chief Medical Officer, including her revolutionary efforts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and leading the UK’s response to recent health emergencies. I’m delighted her unfaltering determination to improve the nation’s health is being celebrated.
“I love the NHS and am immensely proud of the incredible work it does. I want to thank Simon Stevens for his excellent work over the last 5 years and congratulate him on being recognised for that.”
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