‘I just want to be back’: NHS workers stranded in New Zealand desperate to get home

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  • NHS workers’ stranded in New Zealand due to the coronavirus outbreak, say they are “desperate” to return home to help frontline NHS colleagues.

    NHS doctor, Sean Thomas, explains: “I’m chomping at the bit to get back.”

    Junior doctor Katy Marshall and her husband Paul Colebourn are desperate to get home to help.

    Although they have been welcomed with kindness, Dr Marshal explains, ‘I just want to be back.’

    Therapist, Saskia, explains she has had no support and is “banking on getting rescued by the government.”

    “I could be another useful person instead of just sitting in a hostel miles away, doing nothing,” explains Saskia.

    Junior doctor, Jack Finch, explains that he has found the situation “stressful” as border began to close.

    Pointing to Germany as a good example of how to get citizens back from the world home, he explains in comparison the UK government response has been, “pretty lacklustre.”

    Their appeals come as the Government has increased its target for its volunteer NHS army and is now aiming to recruit 750,000 people to help out and slow down the spread of coronavirus.

    Thousands of desperate British travellers have been marooned around the world after international flight routes were slashed before the Foreign Office issued a warning on Monday to return home immediately.

    Many who had already seen the writing on the wall have been scrambling for days to rebook cancelled flights while the airline industry descends into chaos as countries close borders to foreigners.

    The Home Office has announced it will extend visas for UK nationals who are stuck abroad due to the coronavirus crisis.

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