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18th Mar 2020

24,000 people have responded to the HSE’s call for help in just 24 hours

James Fenton

24,000 people have responded to the HSE’s ‘be on call for Ireland’ recruitment drive in just 24 hours.

The HSE had asked healthcare professionals who are not already working in the public health service to register to help during the Covid-19 outbreak. A post on the HSE website says that ‘We will be creating extra hospital and care beds and will need extra hands to provide the care that’s needed. We need your help to meet the challenge that’s ahead.

‘Maybe you aren’t a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed.

‘Hopefully, we won’t need to call, and if we do, we may not need every one of you. But knowing you are there if we do will make all the difference.’

Health Minister Simon Harris has now confirmed that 24,000 people have applied in 24 hours, calling it an ‘amazing national effort’.

The sign-up page for those who are interested and are able to help can be found here.

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