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Health Professions: Re-employment

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 138413, tabled on 15 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many retired (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other health professionals have signed up to tackle covid-19 as of January 2021.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

21 January 2021

The former healthcare professionals who came forward to help the NHS in the first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak have wide ranging skills and experience and have been employed across health and social care - for example, within NHS 111, secondary care, mental health and community services. More recently, efforts have focused on matching these former healthcare professionals to the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Data on the numbers of those on the temporary registers who are employed is not collected centrally. Thousands of these former healthcare professionals remain in touch with NHS England and NHS Improvement’s regional ‘Bring Back Staff’ teams and are available for deployment to a range of clinical settings and programmes, including the Nightingale hospitals.

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