Nursing and midwifery students step up to join virus fight
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THOUSANDS of final-year nursing and midwifery students have joined the NHS early to help treat coronavirus patients.
More than 2,000 students will take on NHS Scotland frontline roles early, ahead of formally joining the workforce at the end of August.
So far around 12,000 students and returners from health and social care have come forward to offer their skills and expertise during the pandemic.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "We are asking a lot of nursing and midwifery students to step up at this unprecedented time when they have already experienced significant disruption as they come to the end of their courses. Their skills and experience will be vital in the coming months as we work to save as many lives as possible.
"Our response to the COVID-19 outbreak is going to require a huge effort across all areas of health and social care. It is still possible for others to offer their support, and if they are willing and able I would encourage them to do so.
"The commitment and enthusiasm of these volunteers, as with all of our NHS workers, deserves recognition and the gratitude of every one of us in Scotland."
Chief nursing officer Fiona McQueen said: "I want to thank each and every student who has volunteered their support so far. The response we have received shows the incredible spirit of our future NHS workforce – your dedication is truly inspirational."