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24 March 2020

Daily briefing with Matt Hancock, Stephen Powis, Jenny Harries – launch of volunteer scheme and new hospital at ExCel London


In his statement, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock includes these key points. The next step in the national effort is the launch of NHS Volunteers – a new scheme seeking 250,000 volunteers in good health to support people with shopping, delivering medicines, and other support for vulnerable groups. Hancock also updates on the government's call for people to return to work in the NHS, with 11,788 people rejoining (including 2,660 doctors, more than 2,500 other health care professionals and pharmacists, and 6,147 nurses). From next week, 5,500 final year medics and 18,700 final year student nurses will move to front-line work. Next week, the NHS will open a new temporary hospital at ExCel London. There will be two wards, each with a capacity of 2,000. Hancock says that military and NHS clinicians are working to ensure we have the capacity so that everyone can get the support they need.


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