4,500 retired doctors and nurses sign up to help battle the crisis in the UK

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13:54pm, Sun 22 Mar 2020
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that 4,500 retired doctors and nurses have signed up to help battle the coronavirus crisis in the UK. 

It follows NHS England's announcement that independent hospitals will now provide 20,000 fully qualified staff to help out.

A total of 4,000 nurses and 500 doctors responded in the first 48 hours of the initial call after the country has seen 233 deaths and over five thousand recorded cases. 

Hancock posted a video on Twitter sharing the news but also stated that they 'need many more'.

He said: "It's easy to do, and we will make sure that your service is put to best effect. The whole country needs the NHS right now and if you're a retired doctor or a retired nurse then your NHS needs you."

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