More than 30,000 people have signed up to a health service recruitment drive in a bid to combat Covid-19.

The 'Be on call for Ireland' campaign launched this week to seek help from healthcare professionals who are not already working in the public health service.

The recruitment call also came with the message: "Maybe you aren't a healthcare professional, maybe you’re studying to be one, or maybe you have other skills to offer or just want to volunteer to do your bit if needed."

Some of those who have signed up include Assistant Professor of Nursing at UCD, John Gilmore-Kavanagh.

Prof Gilmore-Kavanagh said: "When I saw the campaign adverts for 'Be On Call For Ireland' it really sparked me to register my skills and my interest in supporting the massive effort taking place led by frontline staff across the health service.

"I just returned to Ireland last month to take up the post of Assistant Professor of Nursing at UCD, having spent six years working in the UK as a nursing academic but also in clinical practice as a critical care nurse."

Before, Deirdre Mullins was a television producer and travel writer, she trained and worked as a nurse.

Ms Mullins said: "Before I went into media 12 years ago, I used to work as a nurse.

"I trained in St.Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin and I worked in Ireland and Australia.

"Even though my nursing skills might be rusty, I feel I have something to offer and if we all do our part during this crisis, we’ll get through it together."

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