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Butterfly volunteers win NHS 70 birthday parliamentary awards

Congratulations to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s Butterfly volunteers honoured in parliament as part of a special, one-off competition to mark the NHS’s 70th birthday.

The team, who sit with dying patients, won the Care and Compassion Award in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards having been nominated by Sir Oliver Heald QC MP. They are funded by the hospital charity.

Patient safety must always be the priority

Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt inspired staff to prize patient safety above all else and to speak up if they have concerns and to admit to errors.

"There is a world of difference between gross negligence and human error," he said, to a packed-out room at Watford General Hospital during his visit on Friday 15 June.

"We have to be brutally brave when it comes to safety."

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