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THE Ministry of Defence is planning to deploy 4,000 medics to help the struggling NHS deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
GPs, surgeons and nurses are being lined up as part of drastic measures to stop the spread of the killer bug.
Britain could be stuck in a state of “permanent outbreak” and lockdown until a vaccine is found – which is at least a year away – experts have warned.
Cases in the UK have soared to 1,543 and 55 people have now died from the disease as the pandemic continues to rampage through the country.
The MOD has readied 300 GPs, dozens of surgeons, 1,200 nurses and 2,500 combat medical technicians amid fears the NHS will buckle under the pressure.
According to The Times, the Department of Health will have to make a formal request under “military aid to the civil authorities” protocol to trigger the support.
The plans fall under Operation Broadshare – the Ministry of Defence’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
It is understood the medical personnel would be placed in existing hospitals – rather than in newly-built field facilities over fears this could drain resources from the NHS.
The NHS is already planning to cancel or delay all non-emergency operations to free up vital resources key to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The Government has also asked manufacturers to step up efforts to help in the production of kit needed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said surgery that was not time sensitive would either be cancelled or postponed.
He said: “The measures that I’ve just outlined are unprecedented in peacetime.
“We will fight this virus with everything we’ve got.
“We are in a war against an invisible killer and we’ve got to do everything we can to stop it.
“We will be cancelling or postponing non-time sensitive elective surgery and the NHS will make a statement about this later today.”
There are also fears hard-working NHS staff could fall ill while treating the disease and have to self-isolate for two weeks.
It comes after the PM drastically ramped up Britain’s battleplan yesterday – shutting down mass gatherings and urging everyone to stop non-essential travel and contact with others.
He said that means all Brits (around 66million people) staying out of pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas for weeks – and potentially months into the summer. All who can can should work from home, he said.
The over 70s, those who are pregnant, and anyone with underlying health conditions (around 20million Brits) should try not to leave their homes if they can, and avoid crowded spaces immediately.
This will continue for the “long haul” – likely weeks or months.
And those with severe illnesses like cancer (around 1.4million Brits) must start cocooning themselves in their homes and get food delivered in from this weekend.
Researchers involved in the government curbs on daily life now estimate 260,000 people would have died under the previous, less restricted, plans.
The team from Imperial College London said the new tighter controls could limit deaths to around 20,000 – with the leading professor admitting the best case scenario would still see tens of thousands die.
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk