Boris Johnson has refused to give NHS staff in England a financial bonus as a gesture of support after health and welfare colleagues in Scotland received a payment of £ 500.
Instead, speaking at the Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said, “We are doing our best to support our wonderful NHS staff and indeed we have and will have a three year nurse salary package which I believe was 12.8% continues to make record sums of money in the NHS.
“I think the amount we invested in the NHS before the pandemic started was more than ever in modern memory, a £ 34 billion investment package and that will continue under this administration.”
Mr Johnson said he had “full confidence” in the UK vaccine supply.
“Of course I would just say and hope that our EU friends keep all treaties and we will continue. We assume this will happen. We continue to work with friends and partners in the EU and indeed around the world. Since the delivery of the vaccine was a multinational effort, the development of the vaccine was a multinational effort, and the delivery of the vaccine was also multinational because the virus knows no borders, ”he said.
Sir Simon Stevens, managing director of NHS England, said it was a year on Sunday since the first two patients with coronavirus were treated at the Newcastle hospital.
Speaking at the Downing Street press conference, he said it was also a year since the first flight returned from Wuhan in China and people returning to the UK were quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital.
He added, “It’s a year that over a quarter of a million seriously ill coronavirus patients have been hospitalized.
Sir Simon said, “This is neither a year anyone wants to remember nor a year any of us in healthcare will ever forget.”