IN my opinion, NHS staff, and others directly helping victims of covid-19, should be materially rewarded. But, I’d go one step further.

How about awarding them all a medal like those for military campaigns?

There’s already a Nightingale Medal, so I’d suggest the 2020 Medal for dutiful dedication and service.

Such an award would recognise the recipients’ selfless work: a lasting reminder for both them and their families of how, in the service of mankind, they rose magnificently to the challenge posed by an invisible and deadly enemy.

Steve Kay, cabinet member for health, housing and welfare, Redcar & Cleveland Council.