New Year’s honors: health workers rewarded for leading the fight against Covid


Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Richard Pengelly

Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health Richard Pengelly said he was absolutely delighted to be named Commander of the Order of the Bath, an honor he sees as recognition of the work of so many in the service. health.

The list of New Year’s Honors 2022 also includes Jimmy Chapman, 85, porter at Lisburn Health Center, who receives a British Empire Medal (BEM), and Dr Wendy Anderson, respiratory consultant at the Northern Trust, who is named MBE.

Victims activist Kenny Donaldson will receive an MBE for his services to the community while illustrator Oliver Jeffers will receive an MBE for his services to the arts.

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Kenny Donaldson who was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for community service in Northern Ireland on the New Year’s Honors List.

The biggest sports names on the New Year’s Honors list are gold medal Paralympian Bethany Firth, who receives an OBE for swimming services, and another OBE goes to Jonathan Rea – already MBE – for services to the motorbike.

Mr Pengelly, husband of DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly, recounted the moment he found out he was going to become CB: “My oldest son graduated just as the lockdown began in early 2020 in Salford but his ceremony has been postponed and postponed.

“It was postponed to November 30. I was in the departure lounge at (Belfast) City Airport on my first flight in two years when my phone rang, and it was the Cabinet Office email (about the ‘honor). It was the icing on the cake of a wonderful few days attending my son’s graduation ceremony.

“It’s been the most difficult role I’ve ever had, constantly under pressure, constantly difficult, but the highlights are so high in terms of some of the accomplishments, when we actually deploy a new service or make inroads, in because of the impact it has on people’s lives.

Bethany Firth wins gold in the women’s 100m backstroke at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in 2021. Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images

“You work with so many professionals who have dedicated their lives to studying and achieving professional excellence.

“I have spent a lot of time trying to get out and get around the system, in hospitals, GP offices, community services, and every time I go out I come back humbled by the compassion, the dedication and the simple effort of my colleagues. levels across the system.

“Sometimes there is a lazy tale that health care and social service is really about doctors and nurses, and doctors and nurses are absolutely fantastic and I hold them in the highest regard, all of our healthcare professionals. health, our porters, catering and cleaning staff, administrators, finance, HR, they are all an integral part of this healthcare continuum.

“I hope part of this award is recognizing those people who may not be in the spotlight, but without them we wouldn’t be providing health care. “

Jonathan Rea has been appointed OBE for Motorcycle Services

Dr Anderson, who works at the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, is due to become an MBE for his work during the pandemic.

She said: “I work with a fantastic team of fellow Respirators, a team of seven at Antrim and nine if you include Causeway. When that happened we all worked on our protocols and stepped up our weekends and everyone had everyone’s back and at the end of the day we are stronger than at the start.

“But if you talk about the burden of it, a lot of the emotional burden of it has landed on the nurses.

“They were in the bays with patients, some patients who might die without parents, other patients who were trying to wear life support that is uncomfortable and claustrophobic when they were short of breath, and made them wear this because that would help. Definitely, the nurses took the worst.

“By going in to work in high dependency areas with low dependency staff, under normal circumstances those areas could be staffed with one nurse for every two patients – that was a lot less than during the pandemic, and they were just stopping. not to enter.

“It has been a difficult time, but also a time where you bond. It’s like a war, you bond with people you work with constantly and who support you and help you solve problems.

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