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'We need all hands on deck' - Harris says those who can help coronavirus fight should contact HSE

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Minister for Health Simon Harris (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Health Simon Harris (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Health Simon Harris (Brian Lawless/PA)

Health Minister Simon Harris has issued a call to anyone who can join the fight against the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Mr Harris said the health service needs “all hands on deck” and insisted there will be “no financial restraints” on the HSE to hire doctors and nurses.

The minister said every doctor who qualifies in Ireland this year will automatically be offered an internship in a hospital.

He also appealed to anyone with nursing experience to offer their services to the health service. Retired nurses, those working part-time and even trainees were asked to sign up to an initiative the Government is calling ‘A Call to Ireland’.

“’Your country needs you’ was a cliché in the past but it is an actual call we are making here in Ireland,” Mr Harris said.

Those who can help were asked to contact the HSE to offer their services.

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