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Pressure on health service mounts as plea goes out for more resources from masks to staff

Staff outside a Madrid hospital.
Staff outside a Madrid hospital. / EFE
  • The national Health ministry has said it will urgently add an extra 50,000 health workers

In all areas of health care provision, there were increasing pleas in the latter half of this week for more resources. From more masks and sanitising fluid to staff, local, national and regional authorities were fighting to keep up with the spread.

Madrid was under particular pressure. On Thursday, the regional president and the mayor of the capital both called for more masks, gloves and breathing equipment. The regional government is estimating health services still need 14 million face masks and 254,000 disposable bedgowns.

The national Health ministry has said it will urgently add an extra 50,000 health workers, a mixture of medics and nurses nearing the end of their studies and former staff coming out of retirement. Many healthcare workers are having to go off sick.