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College of Medicine Council Members call for ‘Territorial Army’ of health workers to help avert future crises

Three leading College of Medicine Council Members have urged the Government to consider creating a ‘Territorial Army’ of health professionals – trained in crisis management – in case another pandemic or similar healthcare disaster strikes the NHS in the future.

College Council Member Professor Sir Sam Everington (pictured) joined Dr Michael Dixon and Michael Dooley in writing to the Telegraph to suggest creating a workforce of health professionals to ensure the NHS is equipped to handle future crises
The letter, written by College Council members Michael Dooley, Dr Michael Dixon and Professor Sir Sam Everington, was published on January 26th in the Telegraph

Writing in the Telegraph, Michael Dooley, Dr Michael Dixon and Professor Sir Sam Everington called for the development of a workforce of health professionals who could receive regular training to ensure they could step on to the front line fully prepared should another scenario like Covid hit the country’s healthcare system.

Published in the Letters page on January 26th, their missive reads: “SIR – Your paper has highlighted the bureaucratic hurdles that have prevented retired health professionals from administering the vaccination.

“Has the time come to develop a Territorial Army of such individuals, which, when the next crisis arrives (and it will), can be put on the front line with immediate effect?”

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