The Queen has approved a new medal recognising the work of ambulance staff across the UK.
Launched on Monday by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal will be awarded to staff who show “exceptional devotion to duty, outstanding ability, merit and conduct.”
The medal has been welcomed by the London Ambulance Service.
LAS Chief Executive Peter Bradley said: “I’m delighted that ambulance service staff will now have the opportunity to be officially honoured by the Queen. The police and fire service already have similar medals for their outstanding work and I’m pleased that ambulance staff will be recognised the same way.
“Our staff provide excellent patient care to Londoners day in, day out and can now be honoured for their professionalism and dedication with the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal.”
The first medals will be awarded alongside the Queen’s other Birthday Honours next summer.