NHS staff clock up 2,000 years

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Hospital staff have been thanked for clocking up 2,000 years of service between them.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust congratulated a group of workers who have achieved 25 and 40 years of service at its three hospitals and other facilities.

Long service awards were presented by Martin Barkley, chief executive of the organisation, which runs Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury hospitals.

He said that it was great that the Trust recognises the dedicated service of the staff who help ‘the public and patients we are here to serve.’

Trust chairman Jules Preston also congratulated the long-serving staff for their hard work.

Mr Preston said: “This is a tremendous achievement.

“It’s important that we recognise the commitment our employees have given, and continue to give, to the NHS.

“Every single one of our colleagues does an amazing job .

“To have dedicated so much of your working life to helping others is a wonderful thing.”

Among recipients of the 40-year long service award was Alison Ibbotson, occupational health nurse practitioner.

She spoke at the event about her passion for nursing and the care received by members of her family at Mid Yorkshire during her time at the trust.

Long service awards went to 38 staff who work across all disciplines at the trust’s three sites Another 39 workers who could not attend the event at Pinderfields will be collecting their long service awards.