Significant response in plea to retired NHS staff

  • Date: 14 April 2020

NEARLY 5,000 former NHS staff are now back on the front line in England, having come out of retirement to support the coronavirus effort.

The returning doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals will soon be boosted with another 10,300 returners having completed pre-employment checks.

Extra staff will be posted to roles according to their career and skills, including offering clinical advice over the phone to people self-isolating and observing the lockdown.

The response follows an NHS England appeal for clinical staff who left the profession during the past three years to come back to help care for patients. The GMC is helping to widen the search by extending its register so that those who left the service between four and six years ago can also return to play a part.

NHS England says that all returning staff will have been given a “full induction and training to help them hit the ground running”.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for the NHS, said: “I am humbled by the overwhelming response by the thousands of former doctors returning to the frontline and would like to thank everyone who has signed up, they will make a huge difference at a time when our country needs it most.”

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