Health heroes make it hard for our judges

NO EASY TASK: The awards judging panel Gavin Foster, left, Andrea Hetherington, and David Gallagher.
NO EASY TASK: The awards judging panel Gavin Foster, left, Andrea Hetherington, and David Gallagher.
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SUNDERLAND’S fantastic health heroes made it an almost impossible task for the judges in this year’s Best of Health competition.

With more than 100 candidates to choose from, this year’s judging process proved to be both tough and inspiring for the judging panel.

“Each of the nominations showed the high regard in which our health heroes are held. They are clearly making an impression on the people of the city with their care, compassion and devotion.”

And at the end of the long process, every panellist agreed the standard of staff within the city’s health service was truly outstanding.

David Gallagher, the chief officer of the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group; Andrea Hetherington, deputy head of Corporate Affairs at the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, and Gavin Foster, managing editor Sunderland Echo, faced the task of trying to narrow down the field.

At the end of the process, David said: “It has been really hard to choose from the nominations they were all of a really high standard and that reflects the great work of the people in Sunderland.

“In my eyes, they are all winners.”

Andrea said: “It is inspiring to think that so many wonderful people work within our city’s health sector.”

Gavin described the standard of entries as “wonderful”.

He said: “Each of the nominations showed the high regard in which our health heroes are held. They are clearly making an impression on the people of the city with their care, compassion and devotion. I would like to thank every Echo reader who took the time to nominate. You have helped to make this a truly outstanding year for the Best of Health awards.”

All those on the shortlist will be invited to the finals at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, April 16.

Watch out for full coverage of the awards night, and details of every winner, in your Echo next month.