Coronavirus: NHS Nightingale work for Virgin and easyJet staff
|bbc.com 29 Mar 2020 at 18:56|
They workers will be changing beds and performing other non-clinical tasks and helping doctors and nurses working on the wards, the NHS said.
Virgin Atlantic said it has written to around 4,000 employees, while easyJet said it has contacted 9,000 of its UK-based staff - half of whom are first aid trained, the airline said.
Image caption Nearly 6,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in London, according to government figures
Travel restrictions and a slump in demand because of the pandemic has .
Virgin Atlantic had to cut four-fifths of its flights and has asked staff to take eight weeks of unpaid leave.
Ryanair and EasyJet ground most of their fleets, while BA owner IAG is to cut capacity by 75%.
Image caption NHS Nightingale will have the capacity for an extra 4,000 beds to help with the demand on the NHS
Image caption Virgin Atlantic said flights were still operating to carry cargo around the world
EasyJet s Tina Milton said cabin crew "could make a real difference".
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in London has soared well ahead of the rest of the UK, with the capital making up around a third of all deaths linked to the virus.
Nearby and the airfield will be offered to the government "to help with the national effort" against coronavirus.
Image caption The Ministry of Defence has been helping set up the new temporary hospital
England s chief nursing officer Ruth May said: "The NHS is mobilising like never before, but the scale of this challenge has not been seen in peacetime so we need all the support we can get.
"Thousands of nurses, medics and other expert staff are returning to work alongside us, but we need everyone to do their bit."
Two more temporary hospitals are to be built in Birmingham and Manchester and NHS England said other sites are being considered across the UK.