The British government faced the highest level of hospital staff absence in early January since the vaccine rollout, data from National Health Service (NHS) shows.
The new NHS England figures, published on Friday, showed that an average record number of 35,596 staff had been absent in the past week, a level last seen at the height of the second wave of the pandemic in England in January 2021.
Furthermore, the data showed 39,142 NHS staff at hospital trusts in England had been absent for COVID-19-related reasons on January 2 only, marking a 59-percent increase in contrast to the previous week.
Considering non-COVID absences, the number would reach more than 80,000 staff each day on average. Around half of staff absences were due to COVID-19.
Speaking to Sky News on Friday, Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, council chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), said, “We have never known this level of staff absence before.”
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