'Your NHS Needs You' - NHS call for volunteer army

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 26, 2020

Any adults who are fit and healthy can apply to help deliver medicines from pharmacies, drive patients to appointments or make regular phone calls to check on people.

Health secretary Matt Hancock, who launched the appeal for volunteers on Tuesday, said he is "so proud of the British public" after Johnson's announcement.

"That is already, in one day, as many volunteers as the population of Coventry".

He added: "The NHS Volunteer Responders is a new scheme set up so that people can come and help and to make sure that the NHS and local services that are needed get all the support they can".

Jenrick added: "We need to get volunteers into this collective national effort to support the NHS, to support social care, and in particular to support the 1.5 million people who for specific clinical reasons we're shielding".

Anyone wanting to volunteer can enter their details by following this link.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, last night announced the move to recruit 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS.

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable".

"If you are well and able to do so safely, I would urge you to sign up today to help the most vulnerable people in our communities as an NHS Volunteer Responder".

"Your help has the potential to make a real difference to some of those most affected by this outbreak, from delivering essential prescriptions to calling to check on the wellbeing of those who are self-isolating". "And so, to all of you, and to all the former NHS staff who are coming back now into the service, I say thank you on behalf of the entire country".

Stephen Powis, NHS England medical director, said: "Overnight 170,000 people have signed up - that's three a minute to help the NHS".

Catherine Johnstone, chief executive of the RVS, said: "Human compassion comes to the fore at times of great crisis".

"We saw that when Royal Voluntary Service was first founded during the outbreak of WW2 when a million women stepped forward to help those in need".

"In 2020 we find ourselves once again facing a daunting national challenge".

Speaking about the volunteers, he said: "They will be absolutely crucial in the fight against this virus".

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