NHS England hit by highest Covid absences since vaccine rollout

1/7/2022 1:46:00 PM

NHS England hit by highest Covid absences since vaccine rollout

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NHS England hit by highest Covid absences since vaccine rollout

Average of 35,596 staff were sick with Covid in past week, figures show, a level last seen a year ago

Fri 7 Jan 2022 10.Watch: Ros Atkins On.Coronavirus pandemic The Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages.Coronavirus pandemic The Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages.

36 GMT Last modified on Fri 7 Jan 2022 10.38 GMT NHS England is experiencing the highest number of Covid absences since the vaccine rollout, with more than 40,000 staff unable to attend work on two days in the past week.. An average of 35,596 staff were sick with Covid in the past week, a level last seen in January 2021 at the height of the second wave and higher than any week since all priority groups were offered at least their first vaccine in mid-February . An additional 32 military co-responders will support paramedics in the South Central Ambulance Service. The number of NHS England staff off sick due to Covid rose by 41% in the week to 2 January, the latest health service figures show. Tackle NHS staffing to cut waiting lists There have been repeated warnings over long waiting lists for routine operations and procedures, which have been made worse by the pandemic. The almost 36,000 average was up from 25,000 the week before. The Royal College of Nursing's director for England, Patricia Marquis, said the deployment showed the government could not deny there was a "staffing crisis" in the NHS.

It is also the third week in a row that absences have risen by about 40%. That's what a report from MPs says the government needs to do - or NHS staff will quit. Vaccination rates in the capital are also running behind those in England as a whole, with 69% having had a first dose, 63% a second and 40% a booster jab. These absence figures are still much lower than those seen during the first wave peak, when almost 83,000 were off due to Covid. Including non-Covid absences, more than 80,000 staff were absent each day on average, up from 71,000 the previous week. The government's given an extra £5. Almost half of staff absences are due to Covid (44%). "The most important thing you can do is get boosted now to protect your loved ones and communities from Covid-19. Military personnel are being deployed to NHS trusts in London to help plug staff shortages. Image source, Getty Images 3. How many cases are there where I live? There are 236 patients on ventilators - compared with 190 last month - and daily admissions are about four times higher than the beginning of December.

The NHS national medical director, Prof Stephen Powis, said the Omicron variant meant there were more patients to treat and fewer staff to treat them. “In fact, around 10,000 more colleagues across the NHS were absent each day last week compared with the previous seven days and almost half of all absences are now down to Covid. The shortage of computer chips meant that dealers were struggling to get hold of new models. He added: "They have shown their worth time and again throughout this pandemic, whether driving ambulances, administering vaccines or supporting patients in hospital and they should be proud of their contribution to this truly national effort. “While we don’t know the full scale of the potential impact this new strain will have it’s clear it spreads more easily and, as a result, Covid cases in hospitals are the highest they’ve been since February last year – piling even more pressure on hard working staff. “Those staff are stepping up as they always do; answering a quarter more 111 calls last week than the week before, dealing with an increasing number of ambulance callouts, and working closely with colleagues in social care to get people out of hospital safely.. “You can help us to help you by ensuring you are vaccinated against Covid. "The most important thing you can do is get boosted now to protect your loved ones and communities from Covid-19.

And as has been the case throughout the pandemic, if you have a health problem, please go to 111 online and call 999 when it is a life-threatening condition – the NHS is here for you.” Topics .

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Fri 7 Jan 2022 10.Watch: Ros Atkins On.Coronavirus pandemic The Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages.Coronavirus pandemic The Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages.

36 GMT Last modified on Fri 7 Jan 2022 10.38 GMT NHS England is experiencing the highest number of Covid absences since the vaccine rollout, with more than 40,000 staff unable to attend work on two days in the past week.. An average of 35,596 staff were sick with Covid in the past week, a level last seen in January 2021 at the height of the second wave and higher than any week since all priority groups were offered at least their first vaccine in mid-February . An additional 32 military co-responders will support paramedics in the South Central Ambulance Service. The number of NHS England staff off sick due to Covid rose by 41% in the week to 2 January, the latest health service figures show. Tackle NHS staffing to cut waiting lists There have been repeated warnings over long waiting lists for routine operations and procedures, which have been made worse by the pandemic. The almost 36,000 average was up from 25,000 the week before. The Royal College of Nursing's director for England, Patricia Marquis, said the deployment showed the government could not deny there was a "staffing crisis" in the NHS.

It is also the third week in a row that absences have risen by about 40%. That's what a report from MPs says the government needs to do - or NHS staff will quit. Vaccination rates in the capital are also running behind those in England as a whole, with 69% having had a first dose, 63% a second and 40% a booster jab. These absence figures are still much lower than those seen during the first wave peak, when almost 83,000 were off due to Covid. Including non-Covid absences, more than 80,000 staff were absent each day on average, up from 71,000 the previous week. The government's given an extra £5. Almost half of staff absences are due to Covid (44%). "The most important thing you can do is get boosted now to protect your loved ones and communities from Covid-19. Military personnel are being deployed to NHS trusts in London to help plug staff shortages. Image source, Getty Images 3. How many cases are there where I live? There are 236 patients on ventilators - compared with 190 last month - and daily admissions are about four times higher than the beginning of December.

The NHS national medical director, Prof Stephen Powis, said the Omicron variant meant there were more patients to treat and fewer staff to treat them. “In fact, around 10,000 more colleagues across the NHS were absent each day last week compared with the previous seven days and almost half of all absences are now down to Covid. The shortage of computer chips meant that dealers were struggling to get hold of new models. He added: "They have shown their worth time and again throughout this pandemic, whether driving ambulances, administering vaccines or supporting patients in hospital and they should be proud of their contribution to this truly national effort. “While we don’t know the full scale of the potential impact this new strain will have it’s clear it spreads more easily and, as a result, Covid cases in hospitals are the highest they’ve been since February last year – piling even more pressure on hard working staff. “Those staff are stepping up as they always do; answering a quarter more 111 calls last week than the week before, dealing with an increasing number of ambulance callouts, and working closely with colleagues in social care to get people out of hospital safely.. “You can help us to help you by ensuring you are vaccinated against Covid. "The most important thing you can do is get boosted now to protect your loved ones and communities from Covid-19.

And as has been the case throughout the pandemic, if you have a health problem, please go to 111 online and call 999 when it is a life-threatening condition – the NHS is here for you.” Topics .