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Sandwell mayor returns to NHS saying: ‘I’m no hero’

By George Makin | Sandwell | Coronavirus | Published:

The Mayor of Sandwell is returning to medicine after answering the government’s call to return to the NHS to help out during the Covid -19 outbreak – but insisting she’s no hero.

The Mayor of Sandwell for 2019/20 Dr Ann Jaron. PIC: Sandwell Council

Dr Ann Jaron has joined 20,000 selfless, former NHS workers who have volunteered to return the health frontline during the current emergency.

The councillor for the Abbey ward said she will go wherever she is sent which could include the temporary 500-bed hospital which is to be built at the National Exhibition Centre.

She only retired in August last year, and said she still has nearly 40 years of life-saving skills.

She added: “There is plenty of need for general medical services, that’s what I’m good at and that’s what I’m intending to do but if they want me elsewhere then I’m available."

Dr Jaron added jokingly: “It’s 30 years since I put someone on a respiratory but I have done it and I dare say it’s a bit different now and I reckon I could learn fairly quickly. I know what lungs are and what they do and where it all goes.”

A former GP at the Sherwood House medial practice near Bearwood and a local councillor for 20 years, she said she had intended to return work part-time but the present emergency had brought forward her decision.

Denying her move was courageous given the risk of infection, she said: “I been a doctor nearly 40 years so it’s what I am used too, so I don’t think its particularly courageous.

“It’s what I like doing, it's been my life and I’m quite happy to go back with the appropriate protection.”

Last week she spoke out about the need for social distancing and condemned panic shopping which she described as "horrendously selfish" and increased the risk of spreading Covid-19 while denying vulnerable people the food and goods they need.

George Makin

By George Makin

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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