Statement from Mark Fisher, chief executive of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care:
“It is with great sorrow that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.
“On behalf of the NHS in Greater Manchester, we extend our heartfelt sympathy and sincerest condolences to all the Royal Family. Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen served us all with unwavering loyalty, dedication and leadership; and her absence is something many of us will find difficult to accept.
“At this time, in addition to sharing a profound sense of loss, we recall with fondness the times we welcomed Her Majesty the Queen to Greater Manchester – opening new hospital wards, and the hand of friendship she extended to us after the Manchester Arena Attack. We were all moved by her visit and support to our city-region.
“We are honoured to have received such support from Her Majesty and will think of her visits with renewed warmth as we join the nation in mourning.”
Statement from Sir Richard Leese, chair of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board:
“I am saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen. My thoughts are with the Queen’s family, and on behalf of everyone at NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, I would like to extend sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time.
“Her Majesty the Queen served with a steadfast commitment to public service and will be remembered for her devotion to duty and country, earning the respect and affection of millions around the world.
“I had the honour and privilege of meeting the Queen, including hosting her for lunch at Manchester Town Hall twice as Leader of the Council, which was special for all who attended.
“Her Majesty also visited the city after the IRA bomb in 1996 and the Manchester Arena Attack in 2017. Her strength and support in times of need was welcomed, and she was greeted with warmth and affection; further cementing her place in the hearts of people around the country.
“We join the country in mourning in the days to come.”