NHS review could boost volunteers

More NHS workers could volunteer for charities after a review of ways in which the UK could help health services in the developing world.

The review, led by former NHS chief executive Lord Crisp, recommends that health workers who volunteer abroad should be guaranteed jobs when they return and that their pension contributions should be paid in their absence.

The recommendations were inspired by VSO's 'protected secondment' partnership with NHS Scotland, which will result in 20 health workers starting placements in Malawi (Third Sector, 14 February).

Graeme Chisholm, marketing adviser at VSO, said: "VSO will be negotiating at government department level to turn these recommendations into reality."

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