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Covid-19: retired doctors could be asked to return to work, says Hancock

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m831 (Published 02 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m831

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
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Recently retired doctors may be asked to return to work as part of the UK’s covid-19 response, according to health secretary Matt Hancock.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on 1 March, Hancock said this option is being considered, but that it was “not something we need right now.”

The government is currently developing contingency plans—expected later this week—and prime minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee today (2 March). So far, 40 people in the UK have tested positive for the virus.

“The big challenge for the NHS in the event of covid-19 becoming widespread is NHS staff not being able to come to work because they are ill or self-isolating. …

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