The Ministry of Defence say here that two hundred Armed Forces personnel have been made available to support the NHS in London amid staff shortages due to Covid-19.

The Ministry of Defence will provide 40 Defence medics and 160 general duty personnel to support NHS hospitals across the capital.

According to a statement:

“Service personnel began deploying this week and are expected to be on task for three weeks. Forty teams of five personnel, each comprised of one medic and four general duties personnel will be distributed flexibly to ensure support is targeted towards the areas where the need is greatest.

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Dave Wolfy
Dave Wolfy
12 days ago

More leave cancelled for some muppet.
There is still no outcry that being in an ambulance for hours counts as being in A and E.

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
6 days ago
Reply to  Dave Wolfy

The only reason A&E is the car-crash it is in this country is that it is the only route to hospital admission.

It is an almost uniquely UK thing that even armed with a referral from a medically qualified person, your GP, you are likely to waste time and resources in A&E.

It is gate-keeper/choke-point syndrome which is actually the malaise that permeates the NHS.

john
john
12 days ago

Because it is only us plebs in the ambulance not them,and they do not listen to any outcry that always goes away.

George Parker
George Parker
9 days ago

It strikes me that exposing troops to the virus is not such a clever idea. We may need every last one of them if an adversary chooses to take advantage of the current situation. The NHS and UKGOV have not fully utilised the cohort of people, who have had the Wuhan virus and recovered with natural immunity. Even if they formally asked for volunteers, it would be a start. (Start of an avalanche in my humble opinion.) There are many former medical workers who fall into that category, given the right incentive would return. Along with thousands of university students… Read more »