The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Friday that Britain will deploy troops to London hospitals to address a severe shortage of staff due to the Omicron outbreak.
Around 200 armed forces personnel will join healthcare workers in the capital, which has been particularly hit by a spike in coronavirus cases recently, which has led to massive staff absenteeism in hospitals.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said, “The men and women of our Armed Forces are once again stepping forward to support their dedicated colleagues in the NHS (National Health Service) as they go hand in hand to protect the country from COVID-19.” work.” ,
“They have shown their value time and again during this pandemic, whether driving ambulances, administering vaccines or supporting patients in the hospital, and they should be truly proud of their contribution to this national effort.”
The ministry said the deployment will include 40 military medics and 160 general duty personnel.
Britain on Tuesday reported 218,724 daily cases of the virus, the highest since the pandemic began.
While the death toll and the number of patients requiring ventilators have remained stable, the sheer number of healthcare workers testing positive for the virus and self-isolating is putting pressure on the system.
NHS Confederation chief executive Matthew Taylor said several thousand NHS staff were absent and “having an additional 200 people would help, but this is only a very small part of a very difficult situation”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that hospitals were on a “war footing” due to staff shortages, with several hospital groups declaring “serious incidents” because of the threat to vital services.
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