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Government 'overwhelmed' after 405,000 people volunteer to help NHS

More than 4,00,000 people respond to Government appeal asking people to volunteer with the NHS, in less than 24 hours. 

On Tuesday, the Government announced that the NHS is recruiting people who are feeling well to help with crucial health tasks, as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder campaign.    

In an overwhelming response, just within a day, they received 405,000 responses from people willing to offer their support - a number equating to the population of Coventry.

As part of the NHS Volunteer Responder campaign, the volunteers can support the network with the following tasks:  

– delivering medicines from pharmacies  

– driving patients to appointments  

– bringing them home from hospital  

– or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home  

The government said it needed 250,000 volunteers who can help up to 1.5 million people who are at risk due to underlying health problems or self-isolating due to the coronavirus. 

The Prime Minister, during his press conference on Wednesday, thanked people for coming forward in such large numbers. 

He also thanked the NHS staff and retired individuals from the medical field volunteering to come back on and help the struggling and under-pressure National Health service.