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‘The NHS is on a war footing’ as more than 50% of staff are off work for Covid reasons

by LLB staff reporter
23rd Dec 21 12:31 pm

The latest figures from NHS England shows that more than 50% of NHS staff are off work for Covid reasons as a total of 18,829 at acute trusts were absent on 19 December.

This was up by 54% from 12,240 the week before and from the start of the month it was up by 51% from 12,508.

London saw double the amount of NHS staff off work on the 19 December, as a total of 3,874 were absent and on the 12 December 1,540 were absent.

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said, “The NHS is on a war footing and staff are taking the fight to Omicron, by boosting hundreds of thousands of people each day, treating thousands of seriously-ill COVID patients and delivering urgent care for other conditions, all while seeing a worrying, high and rising increase in absence due to COVID.

“We are once again ramping up to deal with the rise in COVID infections and, quite rightly, staff are making every possible preparation for the uncertain challenges of Omicron, including recruiting thousands of nurses and reservists.

“But while we’ll leave no stone unturned to get the NHS battle-ready, it remains the case that the best way to protect yourself and others is to follow guidance and to come forward and get your first, second and booster jabs.”

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