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    More than 1,000 NHS staff have now volunteered to visit west Africa to help British efforts to combat Ebola, new figures show.


    Ms Ellison confirmed not every UK health worker who has registered to help will be deployed to Africa.

    The minister, in response to a written parliamentary question, said: "The chief medical officer wrote to National Health Service medical and nursing directors on 19 September seeking volunteers to help efforts on the ground in West Africa.

    "Currently over 1,000 NHS staff and 185 staff from Public Health England have put their names forward through UK Med, which runs the UK International Emergency Medical Register.

    "The programme comprises a robust selection process, pre-deployment vaccinations and occupational health and psychological screening, training in the UK with further training and mentoring in Sierra Leone, and advice and support on monitoring health on return.

    "We do not expect everyone on the register to be deployed.

    "We do not know how many UK health care workers are currently deployed with non-governmental organisations on the ground in West Africa."

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