Posted: Mon 23rd Mar 2020

North Wales MP returns to work in the NHS to fight coronavirus

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 23rd, 2020

A North Wales MP is returning to work in the NHS to help fight the coronavirus crisis.

Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies said he wanted to help the “overstretched” health service because of pressures caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

He joins former nurse, now Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton in volunteering to help out in the crisis. Dr Davies said he will still continue to fulfil his duties as an MP.

His decision follows a call from the UK government for those who used to work in the health service and who have recently left, to come back and bolster the workforce as the virus pandemic takes a grip on the UK.

So far there have been 5,683 confirmed in the UK and 281 patients have died because of the infection. In Wales there have been 347 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.

Dr Davies, who has been a qualified doctor for 16 years, said:  “Our NHS staff are doing incredible work during these challenging times and I commend each and every one of them.

“However, the system is sadly destined to become even more overstretched and I feel a duty to help it out.

“I will therefore be returning to help when I can, initially during the Easter recess and then beyond depending on need.

“At this time of national crisis, I am very keen to support and stand by my colleagues.

“I want to assure my constituents that I will still be available to support and provide guidance for them.”

He added: “This is a terribly worrying time for everyone, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, and I want to assure my constituents that I am doing everything that I possibly can to ensure that the best support and care is available to them here in the Vale of Clwyd.”

By Jez Hemming – Local Democracy Reporter

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