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Black History Month: nurse says mention in prime minister’s video is ‘such an honour’

Boris Johnson salutes former RCN Nurse of the Year Tara Matare and many others

Boris Johnson salutes incredible contribution of former RCN Nurse of the Year Tara Matare and many others

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in the Black History Month video

The 2019 RCN Nurse of the Year has said it is humbling to be mentioned in prime minister Boris Johnsons video message marking Black History Month.

In a speech recognising the contribution of black people who have worked in an array of areas, such as nursing, the army and education, Mr Johnson said: There are the thousands of black nurses who came to the UK to staff the fledgling NHS we see their legacy today in people like 2019 Nurse of the Year Tara Matare.

Sadly, many of these individuals have not been recognised for their incredible contribution to this country.

So, this Black History Month, lets say

Boris Johnson salutes ‘incredible contribution’ of former RCN Nurse of the Year Tara Matare and many others

Prime minister Boris Johnson speaking in the Black History Month video

The 2019 RCN Nurse of the Year has said it is ‘humbling’ to be mentioned in prime minister Boris Johnson’s video message marking Black History Month.

In a speech recognising the contribution of black people who have worked in an array of areas, such as nursing, the army and education, Mr Johnson said: ‘There are the thousands of black nurses who came to the UK to staff the fledgling NHS – we see their legacy today in people like 2019 Nurse of the Year Tara Matare.

‘Sadly, many of these individuals have not been recognised for their incredible contribution to this country.

‘So, this Black History Month, let’s say thank you to figures from our past who we haven’t always thanked before.’

Nurse surprised and honoured to be mentioned by prime minister

Ms Matare, a matron in ophthalmology at Whipps Cross University Hospital, London, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, told Nursing Standard that she first heard about the speech from friends.

She said: ‘It was humbling for the prime minister to mention me.

‘This is Black History Month and I think that was really such an honour.’

Nurse of the Year award was ‘pinnacle of her career’

Ms Matare was recognised at the RCNi Nurse Awards 2019 for her innovative work in transforming her unit, including its care pathways and workforce, over 14 years.

On receiving her award she described it as the ‘pinnacle of her career’ and added that she would continue to do ‘what I do best in making sure that I promote nursing to nursing students’.

Prime minister announces commission to tackle race inequality

In his video message Mr Johnson also talked about the challenges people from ethnic minorities face in the UK, and announced that he has established a Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities to examine where inequality exists across society and to set out a positive agenda for change.

Mr Johnson also urged the public to remember that black history and British history ‘are one and the same’.


Read about the winners of the RCNi Nurse Awards 2020


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