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Hundreds return to ‘NHS Army’

Posted onPosted on 21st Apr

Nearly 1,000 former NHS workers in the Midlands have come out of retirement and returned to the frontline to tackle coronavirus.

NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands has revealed that more than 400 nurses and more than 200 medics, together with other healthcare professionals, will be coming back into service to support the care of patients at NHS trusts across the region.

All returning staff that have signed up to the ‘NHS Army’ have been given access to full induction and training material to help them during the pandemic.

The huge response follows the NHS plea for recent leavers to come back to help them care for patients – with the call to come back remaining open to all clinical staff who left the profession during the last three years.

Steve Morrison, regional director at NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our former colleagues who have returned to join the NHS fight against coronavirus.

“Our NHS teams in the Midlands will benefit immensely from the wealth of experience and compassion that they are bringing back to the frontline.

“Our wonderful staff are doing everything within their power to manage this unprecedented global challenge but every single one of us has an important role to play in protecting our NHS heroes by washing our hands, staying home and saving lives.”