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Wales NHS will create 7,000 extra beds

THE NHS in Wales is creating up to 7,000 extra beds to cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething also revealed today that critical-care capacity has more than doubled and 1,000 new ventilators are on order.

The plans have been bolstered by a massive response from recently retired NHS staff ready to return to work.

About 1,300 healthcare professionals have already responded and 1,200 registered GP locums are preparing to enter the NHS Wales workforce. They will be supported by thousands of trainees.

Mr Gething said: “I have been overwhelmed by the response of health and care professionals to the calls we have made for their support.”

“Over the last few days, we have seen an increase in the pace and urgency of the response across Wales to prepare vital health and care services to meet the imminent challenges posed by coronavirus.”

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