Ards and North Down Borough Council has awarded the Freedom of the Borough to Health and Social Care staff across the Borough, after an Alliance Party proposal received cross-party support.
Brought forward by Alliance Councillor Lorna McAlpine, the issue was agreed at Wednesday night’s Council meeting.
Councillor Lorna McAlpine said: “Over the past 70 years the NHS has provided care and support for the sick, the vulnerable, older people and those in need across our society including through the darkest days of the Troubles. As pressures grow on an already stretched organisation, I hope all parties will be able to back this motion recognising the worthwhile contribution of all involved with the NHS”
Supporting the motion, Councillor Karen Douglas stated: “Since the foundation of the NHS in 1948, technology and the way we deliver health and social care has rapidly evolved, vastly improving the health and well-being of our citizens. During this time two things have remained constant, namely the passionate and professional dedication of staff plus commitment to the vision set out by Beveridge to provision from cradle to grave.
“On the 70th Anniversary Year it seems extremely appropriate that we make this award recognising service and our love of the Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.”