More Than 170,000 People Have Signed Up To Support NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme Just Within Hours Of Its Launching

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Deanna Rivera in World News

27 March 2020, 10:03 GMT

The Uk Government issued a scheme where ordinary citizens give up their time to act as NHS Volunteer Responders during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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According to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the scheme aims to recruit 250,000 volunteers in total and the response is very impressive, more than 170,000 self-less people have signed up just within hours of launching.

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Hancock said that people who volunteers will be asked to help 'shopping and delivery of medicines' and 'to support those who are shielded to protect their own health'.

They will also support both the NHS and local services who would otherwise be overwhelmed during this crisis.

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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."

In an article called 'Your NHS Needs You' - Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Director of Primary Care, said:

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"Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, which is why we're rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you. Across the country, people are playing their part in the fight against the virus by staying home for the next 12 weeks, to protect themselves, others and the NHS."

Dr Nikki added:

"But many of those shielding will need our support to do that, and by signing up to be an NHS Volunteer Responder, people who are well can do their bit too."

She explained:

"This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where a single action from one person can be the difference between life and death for another, and simple acts of kindness are going to make all the difference in keeping some of the most vulnerable people well and out of hospital."

She ended:

"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 difficult time is going to be invaluable, so I would urge anyone who can to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder today."

Anyone wanting to volunteer can enter their details by following this Link

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