A Conservative MP is among tens of thousands of former doctors and nurses who have been asked by the government to join the effort against coronavirus.
Maria Caulfield has said “we desperately need people” to help the NHS as it tackle the Covid-19 outbreak as she announced she was returning to her job as a nurse alongside her political role.
The Lewes representative used to work at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Brompton and has kept her nursing registration since becoming an MP in 2015.
She said today that she was returning to her medical role because “the NHS will be getting unprecedented numbers of patients needing care, but also because staff are liable to get sick themselves.
“They can only go at 110% pace for so long and will need breaks themselves.”
Ms Caulfield said Boris Johnson was “very supportive” of her decision after she was granted an exception from the ministerial code to go back to work.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer that he believes there will be “a really good response” to the scheme.
He said: “The regulator has written to over 60,000 nurses and 15,000 doctors who have been registered in the past and in the last couple of years have come off that register and stopped working in the NHS to say, your NHS needs you now more than ever.
“This is a once ion a generation catastrophe and the NHS needs you.”
Those who are willing to return to the practice will receive training to ensure they are up to date with current medicine, particularly in how to deal with coronavirus.
Mr Hancock said: “My message to anybody who has been a qualified doctor or nurse and had that qualification lapse if that your NHS needs you now and needs you to do your bit.”
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