Robin Swann makes fresh request for military aid for under-pressure hospitals

Health Minister Robin Swann has made a new request for military assistance to help relieve Covid pressures in Northern Ireland’s hospitals.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 3:37 pm
Photo issued by Press Eye of Health Minister Robin Swann during a press conference in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast.

Mr Swann has made the official request to the Ministry of Defence to provide combat medical technicians (CMTs) and non-medical staff.

A Department of Health spokesperson told PA news agency: “We can confirm that a request for military assistance has been made by the Health Minister to the Ministry of Defence.

“Our health and social care system is under severe pressure.

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“The minister and department are liaising very closely with trust and board colleagues in relation to the current situation.

“The current pressures involve a number of factors including Covid and wider winter pressures on services and Covid related staff absences.”