Britain will deliver an unprecedented amount of medical gear enough to help its public health service cope with the next generation of coronavirus infections the finance ministry said on Monday.
But the government was pressed by media questions over why doing more than announced in the next few thousand police officers would not simply guarantee improved policing.
That equipment includes medical grills masking suits goggles face shields and rapid response pens.
Health minister Matt Hancock and Shadow Home Secretary Priti Patel are also on board along with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Health minister Matt Hancock and Health Secretary Priti Patel are also on board along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Health minister Patel will deliver what she calls a plan for a modern cabinet of health and social care workers. She will call for the creation of a new working group to oversee a hand-picked workforce with 200 people based in the capital London.
We need some time to plan this. We need time to get people in she said in an interview with Sky News vowing to explain how the new equipment would help the public health service cope.
Campaigners have accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of using his position to boost his own image saying ministers have sought to fill a gap left by Keir Starmer who has been forced to step down as New Zealand borders with China and cannot operate outside the country for fear of contagion.
Could it be cost-effective?Twelve per cent of 1000 British doctors and 1100 nurses will be on full contract with the three British unions that negotiated the deal: Safeguarding Professional Nurses Council of Nurses and Country District Nurses.
All nurses contracted with the three unions would remain on full pay until at least 2035 the minister said.
The workers will also be eligible to re-join one of 50000 nurses on full pay with additional pay for overtime.