PATIENTS on the nation's hospital wards will have hot buttered toast.
That was the pledge from the Prime Minister last night – as he vowed to break the health and safety red tape that has seen toasters banished from the wards.
Speaking at The Sun's third Who Cares Wins awards, Boris Johnson told the star-studded audience that he and health secretary had agreed on the promise.
"We're going to do this, toasters have been banished from the wards so we'r going to make sure hot buttered toast is available on the wards, as it should be," the PM promised.
Speaking at the star-studded Who Cares Wins awards ceremony at The Sun's London HQ, Mr Johnson said he had been moved by the stories of all the nominees.
He said: "My experience of the NHS is like everybody in this room – it's one of devotion, admiration and love.
"It's the most extraordinary institution in the world and it brings our country together.
"If our country was a complicated omelette, the NHS is the egg white – that holds the great British cake together.
"It is a uniquely British thing."
The Sun's Who Cares Wins awards are a chance to give recognition to the selfless medics, researchers, and volunteers who've made a difference to people's lives.
Tony Gallagher, The Sun's editor, welcomed guests to the third annual health awards, introducing NHS chief executive Simon Stevens to the stage to open the event.
Among those presenting awards, presented by Lorraine Kelly, were the Duchess of York, Christine Lampard, Penny Lancaster, health secretary Matt Hancock, Sun columnists Deborah James and Peta Todd as well as broadcaster Kate Silverton, dancer Shirley Ballas and Love Island star Curtis Pritchard.
The Prime Minister presented the final award of the night recognising Ultimate Lifesavers.
He handed the gong to NHS porters Nick Evans and Ruth Lowe after they saved a seven-week-old baby Logan Clifford.
The baby boy stopped breathing as his parents Sarah and Mike walked through the main entrance of the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to visit a sick relative.
Ruth shouted for her colleague Nick who grabbed Logan out of his mum's arms and performed CPR as he ran down the corridor to A&E.
Health secretary Matt Hancock, who presented the award for Mental Health Hero, praised The Sun for leading the way in putting mental health centre stage, in part through the You're Not Alone campaign.
Who Cares Wins Awards: The winners
BEST HEALTH CHARITY
Winner: Matt Hampson Foundation
Former English rugby union player Matt Hampson set up a charity to help others after being left paralysed in a scrum in 2005.
Other nominees: Superhero Foundation and Team Domenica
BEST NEONATAL SPECIALIST
Winner: Professor Kypros Nicolaides
Professor Nicolaides performed pioneering keyhole surgeon on Sherrie Sharp’s unborn son Jaxon. By extraordinary coincidence, as a young surgeon, he also operated on Sherrie’s mother when she was in the womb.
Other nominees: Dr Vesna Pavasovic and Professor Massimo Caputo
Winner: Therapeutic Care Volunteers at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
30 therapeutic care volunteers, who all have a learning or physical disability, give up their time to support patients with spinal injuries at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. They include Ify Nwokoro.
Other nominees: Ben Slack and Rob Allen
Winner: Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service
Leia Armitage, eight, was born with a rare form of deafness and was never expected to speak. But she now can thanks to pioneering brain surgery and speech therapy carried out by Guy’s and St Thomas’ London Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Service.
Other nominees: Dr Helen Spencer and Girish Vajramani
Winner: Dr Matthew Boulter
Dr Boulter served in Afghanistan, teaches wild trauma to army medics and his surgery became the first in Cornwall to be given veteran friendly accreditation.
Other nominees: Margaret France and Dr Bijay Sinha
Winner: Jane Parke
Jane helped deliver the youngest surviving twin boys in Britain when they were born at 22 weeks last year. She flew 190 miles with their mum Jennie Powell to a specialist neonatal unit.
Other nominees: Charlotte Day and Nagmeh Teymourian
Winner: Ruth Lowe and Nick Evans
Porters Ruth and Nick saved the life of Sarah and Mike Clifford’s seven-week-old baby Logan. He stopped breathing as they walked through the main entrance of The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford to visit a sick relative.
Other nominees: Dr Mark Forrest and Mike Merrett
Winner: Liz Monaghan
Liz is the Matron of the Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury, Bucks, and came up with the idea for the widely praised Purple Rose initiative to improve the care for patients in the last days of their lives.
Other nominees: Margaret Ballard and Carlton DeCosta
MENTAL HEALTH HERO
Winner: Ben West
Ben lost his brother Sam, 15, to suicide last year and since his death, has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness for mental health.
Other nominees: Beth Gregan and Catherine Benfield
Winner: Ronnie Musselwhite
Ronnie offered to help his sister Ebonie by giving her a bone marrow transplant when she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia. Ebonie nominated her brother for his bravery before she died in June.
Other nominees: Bella Field and Kaitlyn Wright
He told the audience: "The Sun has helped to lead the national debate.
"I pay tribute to everyone at The Sun who has played their part in making that happen.
"This week is mental health awareness week and this recognises and allows people to talk about it.
"I'm delighted to present this award."
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