Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

United Kingdom

Troops deployed in London to help beleaguered NHS during Covid crisis

Picture: Army

More than 200 troops have been drafted in to support the NHS as staff shortages bite hard during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The men and women are being deployed in hospital across London.

The capital has been the epicentre of the Omicron outbreak as cases have soared.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said there are 40 military medics and 160 general duty staff to help fill the gaps as NHS are off ill or self-isolating.

It is expected they will be on duty until the end of January.

In addition, 32 military co-responders are supporting the South-Central Ambulance Service.

They will be aiding ambulance staff until the end of March.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“The men and women of our armed forces are once again stepping up to support their dedicated colleagues in the NHS as they work hand-in-hand to protect the nation from Covid-19.

“They have shown their worth time and again throughout this pandemic, whether driving ambulances, administering vaccines or supporting patients in hospital, and they should be proud of their contribution to this truly national effort.”

Patricia Marquis, the Royal College of Nursing’s director for England, said the deployment meant the Government could no longer deny there was a “staffing crisis” in the NHS.

She added: “The Prime Minister and others can no longer be dismissive of questions about the ability of NHS staff to deliver safe care.”

Comments
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Featured

Leaders from 196 countries are meeting in Glasgow in November for a major climate conference. They are being asked to agree action to limit...

United Kingdom

Meghan Markle – the Duchess of Sussex – will receive £1 from a national newspaper after her privacy was breached. The Mail on Sunday...

World

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has revealed how he lost nearly six and a half stone (40kg) in less than six months....

United Kingdom

One of the “greatest finds” in Britain’s fossil hunting history has been made in Rutland Water. A worker has uncovered a 180-million-year-old “sea dragon”...