Let’s take a moment to praise our health teams

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They do amazing jobs, often in difficult circumstances. So today it’s a real pleasure to bring you our report of The News’ annual Best of Health Awards.

Workers from across the board, from midwives to hospital doctors and dentists to carers, were honoured.

So it’s a good time to reflect on the fantastic work these people do that many of us tend to take for granted.

At some point in all of our lives, we will turn to the health services.

It could be taking your children for vaccinations, the flu jab, a dental check-up, or – and hopefully not too many people have this – a medical emergency.

And what do we expect? A seamless service giving us what we want when we need it, with the minimum of fuss.

But what seems like a seamless service is, more often than not, down to good organisation and hard work.

To be handing out our awards this week is particularly poignant as it comes days after midwives went on strike for the first time in their 133-year history over pay.

They were joined by 400,000 NHS colleagues nationwide, who stopped work for four hours in a bid to get their point across to the government.

Whether it will have the desired effect remains to be seen.

And of course there’s the horrendous sight on our TV screens of those suffering with Ebola in Sierra Leone and neighbouring countries and the health professionals who are putting themselves in harm’s way to help.

Alongside that, there’s the health workers the world over who are preparing for Ebola should it make it across their borders. It’s truly humbling and something that it’s easy to overlook. To them, it’s what they do, so they just get on with it.

To us, it can seem like truly heroic work.

So please take a moment today and join us in saying a big thank you to all health workers in this area – because they really are worth it.

To read the full story click here.

For a list of the winners and runners-up click here.