Covid-19: The number of NHS workers off work in England is falling

New figures show that the number of NHS staff is falling due to COVID reasons.

There has been an increase of 2% week over week between January 2 and January 9, with daily data showing that, after reaching a peak of 49,941 on January 5, the numbers declined every day.

Overall, 40,031 NHS staff from hospital trusts in England were absent for Covid-19 reasons on 9 January, up 2% over the previous week (39,142).

At the beginning of December, just 12,508 workers were laid off or self-isolating with Covid, according to data from NHS England.

New data shows regional differences, although most regions in England are seeing a decline in absenteeism.

Omicron has increased the number of people in the hospital with COVID, along with a drastic reduction in the number of staff able to work in the hospital.Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England

The biggest drop was in London, where 4,167 hospital workers were sick with the coronavirus or self-isolating on January 9, down 13% over the previous week (4,765).

Meanwhile, East England fell 10% week-on-week, from 3,320 on 2 January to 2,984 on 9 January, the South East also fell 10% to 3,590, and North East and Yorkshire fell 8% to 8,125.

In South West England, there was a drop of 1% to 2,974.

While staff absenteeism due to COVID increased by 20% week-on-week in the Midlands from 7,931 on January 2 to 9,484 on January 9, it declined each day from a peak of 10,690 on January 6.

There is a similar picture in the Northwest, rising 19% week-on-week from 7,338 on January 9 to 8,707, but the numbers are falling each day from a peak of 10,370 on January 5.

It comes as other data showed a total of 18,585 people in England waited more than two years to start routine hospital treatment at the end of November 2021.

This is up from 16,225 at the end of October and almost seven times the 2,608 people who waited more than two years in April.


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The number of people waiting to start routine hospital treatment in England has also reached a new record high, with six million people waiting at the end of November.

However, in November the number of people admitted to hospitals in England for routine treatment was 276,535 – 24% higher than a year ago (222,810), although this reflects a lower-than-normal figure for November 2020 among those affected by Covid – 19 Pandemic.

In November 2019, the same figure for a non-pandemic year stood at 301,928.

NHS England said the number of people waiting more than a year for NHS treatment fell by 1.8% in November compared to the previous month.

More than two million clinical trials were also conducted in November – the second highest for November and the most in a month before the pandemic, it said.

The NHS’s national medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “Omicron has led to an increase in the number of people in hospital with COVID, as well as a drastic reduction in the number of staff able to work.

Despite this, once again, NHS staff pulled out all stops to continue services for patients – there have been a record number of life-threatening ambulance call-outs, we have vaccinated thousands of people every day and this is routine. Top notch in distribution. Continuing the care and recovery of the backlog.


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“But workers are not machines and with the number of Covid absences nearly doubling in the past fortnight and NHS aides determined to provide even more routine treatment, it is important that the public do their part to help the NHS. Play a role Your booster vaccine, if you haven’t already.”

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said: “Our healthcare system went into this wave of COVID infections for the first time with six million people on the waiting list.

“Thanks to a decade of Tory mismanagement, the NHS was unprepared for the pandemic and had no spare capacity when O’Micron hit.

“It’s not like the Conservatives didn’t fix the roof when the sun was shining, they tore down the roof and removed the floorboards.

“Now patients are paying the price, waiting months and years for treatment, often in pain, discomfort, and discomfort.”

New data shows a record 12,986 people at A&E departments in England in December actually had to wait more than 12 hours before the decision to admit they were admitted.

Waiting times in A&E departments rose to the longest on record, while nearly 13,000 patients spent more than 12 hours on trolleysTim Gardner, Health Foundation

Meanwhile, in England only 73.3% of patients were seen in A&Es within four hours in December, the lowest percentage since records began.

Tim Gardner, Senior Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation, said the latest data showed “the NHS is being stretched to its limits in December” as Omicron hits.

“Waiting times in A&E departments increased to the longest on record, while nearly 13,000 patients spent more than 12 hours on trolleys waiting for hospital beds,” he said.

“The severe strain on the NHS has been compounded by thousands of hospital staff becoming ill or self-isolating due to COVID-19 … the urgent need for a fully funded workforce scheme is long overdue.”

Shiva Anandasiva, Chief Analyst at King’s Fund, said: “With the NHS now in one of the most uniquely challenging periods in its history, unacceptably long waits for hospital care are becoming increasingly common.

“We must remember that these are not just large numbers – they are people living with pain and anxiety while they wait months and, in some cases, more than two years for treatment.”