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NHS staff asked to volunteer to fight Ebola

22nd September 2014

NHS staff have been asked by four most senior NHS medical officers to volunteer to treat Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.

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Volunteers are being asked to staff a new hospital set up by British military experts working alongside charities. The new 12-bed unit is to treat infected healthcare workers with an additional 50-bed unit for ordinary citizens that have been infected by the deadly virus.

The letter, signed by chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, Prof Paul Cosford, medical director at Public Health England and Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer said: "Roles that may be required include medical practitioners, nursing staff, paramedics, pharmacists, psychologists, health information managers, logisticians and outreach managers. Examples of the roles required can be found on the UK-Med website."


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