COVID news live – UK latest update: NHS warning under unprecedented pressure – 500 staff a day missing from one fund due to coronavirus | UK news
Warnings on hiring NHS staff as a fifth of workers are set to be absent in one box by the end of the month
A representative organization has warned that up to a fifth of staff could miss a single NHS trust in just three weeks from now, potentially resulting in up to 900 operations being cancelled.
NHS Providers, a membership organization for NHS Trusts in England, said a group of employees who have to self-isolate due to rising levels of coronavirus infection and people taking annual leave delayed due to the pandemic are likely to put a strain on themselves. health service.
The organization said a growing number of trusts had told them their concerns in recent days about how staff self-isolation is now “significantly affecting their ability to provide care”.
Chris Hobson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “COVID-19 infection rates are rising rapidly, with the Secretary of State predicting 100,000 cases per day.
“This means that the number of employees who have to self-isolate will continue to rise if the current measures continue in place.
Funds are also anticipating a very extended vacation and vacation period this summer, with a large number of employees taking late annual leave due to Covid-19 stresses early this year, and late last year.
“One trust predicts that overall absence rates will likely reach 20% within three weeks, which means they will have to cancel as many as 900 operations.”
He added that one of the funds currently has 500 employees a day who are absent from work due to the virus, the vast majority of them due to self-isolation, although he did not specify if this is the same trust.
Number 10 suggested on Friday that in order to help workforce levels, NHS staff could be exempted from having to self-isolate requirements even if they had been in close contact with someone who subsequently tested positive.