Coronavirus UK: Boris Johnson makes URGENT plea to former NHS workers – ‘We need you!’
PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has made an urgent plea to former NHS workers to return to their duties in a national recruitment drive.
Coronavirus ‘not responding to our interventions’ says Johnson
More than 65,000 former nurses and doctors will be told “Your NHS Needs You” as a national recruitment drive is launched in an effort to defeat the coronavirus outbreak. There are currently over 3,000 cases of the coronavirus in the UK with numbers rising day-by-day.
It comes as Britain’s coronavirus death toll hit 137 today, with Scotland’s fatalities doubling overnight.
Northern Ireland has now confirmed its first victim of the life-threatening infection.
In an unprecedented call-to-arms, NHS England will survey those who have recently left the health service on what type of role they could take on either through NHS 111 or face-to-face.
This includes those who have retired.
Boris Johnson has made an urgent plea to former NHS workers to return to their duties
More than 65,000 former nurses and doctors will be told “Your NHS Needs You” as a national recruitment drive is launched
Staff will be asked to “opt in” to a register to fill a range of clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS based on their skills and time away from practice.
Those who join the “NHS army” will be given a full induction and online training to help them begin their fight against the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently took time to thank “everyone working in our NHS” on twitter.
In the tweet the prime minister told NHS staff of “every specialism and role” the UK needs them to return.
Staff will be asked to “opt in” to a register to fill a range of clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS based on their skills and time away from practice
He said: “We’ve never needed you more than we do today.”
England’s top nurse and top doctor called on colleagues who left the health service in recent years to re-register today in a bid to tackle the “greatest global health threat” in a century.
Those who have left the profession within the last three years, and who have up to date skills and experience, will be asked to return to the NHS frontline.
Final year medical students and student nurses will also be offered temporary, fully-paid roles to help boost the health service amid the rapidly growing pandemic.
Final year medical students and student nurses will also be offered temporary, fully-paid roles
England’s top nurse and top doctor called on colleagues who left the health service in recent years to re-register today
This comes after officials announced 33 more deaths amid the country’s 2,695 infections, the joint highest daily fatality count recorded on British soil since the crisis began to spiral out of control last week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “NHS and social care staff are doing an incredible job in the fight against coronavirus, and we want to ensure they are fully supported.
“To further boost the ranks of our NHS, we are now turning to people who have recently left the healthcare professions who can bring their experience and expertise to our health system.
“They can play a crucial role in maximising our capacity to fight this outbreak – and wherever they can help, they will be hugely welcomed.
“This continues to be a huge national effort to protect lives and protect our NHS, and I urge everyone to continue following the latest medical advice.”
Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, said: “As the health service gears up to deal with the greatest global health threat in its history, my message to former colleagues is “Your NHS Needs You”.
“Our wonderful nurses in every corner of the country are preparing to change the way we work so that we can provide the right care for the rising numbers of people who will need it.
“But we can’t do it alone, so I am urging all recent former nurses to lend us your expertise and experience during this pandemic, because I have no doubt that you can help to save lives. And I’m grateful for senior students providing expert care in this time with their NHS colleagues.”
Those who have left the profession within the last three years will be asked to return
Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director for the NHS, said: “Our hardworking NHS staff are working round the clock to get ready for the peak of the pandemic, and today we are calling on former staff to come back and help us.
“It is only right we use every means at our disposal to bolster the frontline in the face of this unprecedented challenge for the NHS.
“By offering to return to the NHS now, these thousands of well-qualified and compassionate people will make more of a difference than ever before – not just to patients, but to colleagues and the wider community.”
Over 224,000 worldwide have been infected, with around 9,250 deaths reported as a result of the virus.
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