COVID-19: Around 100 military doctors will be sent to Northern Ireland to support hospital staff treating coronavirus patients | UK News


The Department of Defense (MoD) has granted a request to send around 100 military medics to Northern Ireland to help hospitals in need of help with the number of coronavirus patients, Sky has learned News.

Service personnel are expected to be deployed in the coming days.

They should support Belfast City Hospital and Ulster Hospital in Dundonald. A third hospital can also receive help.

A defense source said permission to deploy medics was granted from Friday.

A second source said it was believed staff would arrive in Northern Ireland from September 29 and start work on October 4.

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Belfast City Hospital could be helped by the military. Photo: eowin

The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have provided thousands of people to help with the government’s response to the COVID pandemic across the UK since the start of the crisis.

But the number of so-called MACA (military assistance to civil authority) operations had considerably decreased in recent months.

However, on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said 225 members of the armed forces would deploy to support the Scottish Ambulance Service in the fight against COVID-19 from Saturday.

Some 114 people will increase the number of ambulance drivers, and an additional 111 people will operate mobile test units in Scotland.

Last week Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that the country’s ambulance service was facing “acute pressure” because she apologized “wholeheartedly” for the long waiting times.

Mrs. Esturgeon was questioned by Parliament on the death of Gerald Brown, a 65-year-old from Glasgow, who is believed to have died after waiting 40 hours for an ambulance.

Nicola Sturgeon says she asked about Scotland's future
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Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted the country’s ambulance service was facing “acute pressure”

“Our ambulance service is currently operating under acute pressure, in large part due to COVID,” Ms. Sturgeon told MSPs in Holyrood last Thursday, as she offered her condolences to Mr. Brown’s family.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the paramedics and EMTs for the job they are doing under such difficult circumstances.

“While they heroically respond to these challenges, I recognize that some people are not getting the level of service they should be getting, or even the service that the Scottish Ambulance Service wants to provide.

“This is not acceptable, and I apologize wholeheartedly to all those who have suffered or are suffering from long waits.”


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