Retired doctors and nurses face a 21-point checklist in order to qualify as a Covid-19 vaccinator volunteer which includes ‘fire safety’ and ‘preventing radicalisation’. 

The recruitment process for former surgeons, nurses, GPs and physicians to assist in delivering the vaccine rollout has been faced with ‘dispiriting layers of red tape.’ 

Applicants must provide 21 pieces of documentation to prove they have undertaken the specified training in what one former GP has described as ‘deeply patronising.’   

The checklist includes some modules which are not directly related to the vaccine programme such as ‘data security awareness’ and ‘equality, diversity & human rights’. 

Applicants must provide 21 pieces of documentation to prove they have undertaken the specified training in what one former GP has described as 'deeply patronising'

Applicants must provide 21 pieces of documentation to prove they have undertaken the specified training in what one former GP has described as 'deeply patronising'

Applicants must provide 21 pieces of documentation to prove they have undertaken the specified training in what one former GP has described as ‘deeply patronising’

Meanwhile ‘managing anaphylaxis’, ‘resuscitation’ and ‘vaccine administration’ are also required in the event a patient suffers an allergic reaction or cardiac arrest. 

Former GP of 30 years Jessica Jones, 59, who retired from her practice in Sunderland told The Times she had completed just a quarter of the modules needed to volunteer after six hours of work across two days. 

She said: ‘We were asked to do fire training, radicalisation recognition and things that make you wonder if the NHS is really desperate to have us back. 

The checklist includes some modules which are not directly related to the vaccine programme such as 'data security awareness' and 'equality, diversity & human rights'

The checklist includes some modules which are not directly related to the vaccine programme such as 'data security awareness' and 'equality, diversity & human rights'

The checklist includes some modules which are not directly related to the vaccine programme such as ‘data security awareness’ and ‘equality, diversity & human rights’

‘Surely we are capable of giving an intramuscular injection. If they’re really desperate, they will make it less ridiculous.’ 

Professor Martin Marshall told the Daily Mail that ‘some of these bureaucratic demands are ridiculous’ and ‘a box-ticking mentality is thwarting would-be NHS returnees’. 

The chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners said: ‘I fear that the heavy-handed approach is not just undermining the goodwill of applicants, but is acting as a worrying deterrent to badly needed recruitment.’  

An NHS spokesman told MailOnline: ‘It is categorically untrue that there are any delays in Covid vaccination caused by accrediting volunteers or returners.

An NHS spokesman told MailOnline: 'It is categorically untrue that there are any delays in Covid vaccination caused by accrediting volunteers or returners'. Pictured: A vaccination centre in London is pictured above

An NHS spokesman told MailOnline: 'It is categorically untrue that there are any delays in Covid vaccination caused by accrediting volunteers or returners'. Pictured: A vaccination centre in London is pictured above

An NHS spokesman told MailOnline: ‘It is categorically untrue that there are any delays in Covid vaccination caused by accrediting volunteers or returners’. Pictured: A vaccination centre in London is pictured above

‘We are delighted that former members of NHS staff have applied to become vaccinators and actually tens of thousands of people have already completed their online training – these are being processed as quickly as possible and vaccinators will be deployed as and when they are required.

‘Regardless of a person’s background in healthcare, appropriate training and checks are necessary to handle the vaccine, which is why important processes are in place to make sure that former members of staff are up to speed on protocols and delivery so that vaccinators are fully equipped with the skills to safely vaccinate patients in line with Public Health England standards.’

It comes after one million people in England have been given a Covid-19 jab. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the milestone, which was hit hours before the start of 2021.  

Only 530,000 doses of the Oxford jab will be available from Monday – despite experts suggesting two million a week are needed (file image)

Only 530,000 doses of the Oxford jab will be available from Monday – despite experts suggesting two million a week are needed (file image)

Only 530,000 doses of the Oxford jab will be available from Monday – despite experts suggesting two million a week are needed (file image) 

But with health workers set to start giving people a second jab developed by Oxford University on Monday, less than a month into the vaccine drive, serious problems are already starting to emerge.

Only 530,000 doses of the Oxford jab will be available from Monday – despite experts suggesting two million a week are needed.

Inoculating two million a week would allow everyone over 50 in the UK to be given one of the jabs by early April. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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