UK begs 65,000 former nurses and doctors to come back and fight against the Coronavirus

The deadly coronavirus outbreak has caused a major stir around the world with countries facing tremendous loss of lives globally

The Great Britain has asked around 65,000 of the former nurses and doctors to return to work and are planning to deploy final-year medical students in their fight against the deadly novel coronavirus or COVID-19, as per the health ministry.

With the coronavirus outbreak sweeping across the world, governments, investors and companies are staring at the biggest public health crisis since the 1918 influenza pandemic that panicked the whole world.

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A thermal screening being carried out on the passengers arriving from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Feb 2, 2020. National carrier Air India's second special flight to Wuhan, landed at the IGI airport here on Sunday with 323 Indian and seven Maldivian citizens onboard. (Photo: IANS) IANS

Final year medical students and student nurses are also being offered the chance to take temporary roles to boost the NHS frontline even further. "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," said Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council is writing out to more than 50,000 nurses whose registration has lapsed in the last three years. The General Medical Council will write to another 15,500 doctors who have left the register since 2017. Britain's health service is freeing up 30,000 beds by postponing non-urgent operations and providing care in the community for those who are fit to be discharged, and finding up to 10,000 in independent and community hospitals, the health service said.

(With agency inputs)

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