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Coronavirus Causing Three In Five NHS Staff Absences At Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Coronavirus was the reason behind three in five NHS staff absences at Chesterfield Royal Hospital as the new year began, figures show.

NHS England data shows 590 staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were off sick on January 2 – the latest date for which data is available.

Of them, 347 (59%) were off because they had Covid-19, or were self-isolating due to the virus.

This was an increase of more than double on the week before when 163 Covid-related absences were recorded.

Across England, the number of NHS staff off work due to Covid increased from 24,600 on December 26, to 39,100 on January 2.

Based on monthly workforce data for September – the most recent available – the figures suggest one in 25 NHS staff working in acute hospital trusts are off for Covid-related reasons.

The army said it could offer assistance to more hospitals around the UK if needed after 40 military medics and 160 general duty personnel were drafted in to help fill gaps caused by absences of NHS staff in London.

Air Commodore John Lyle said: “We can’t really forecast too far ahead, but certainly, throughout this current surge, we know that it’s particularly difficult in London at the minute, but we are aware that this is impacting all across the United Kingdom.

“We remain in discussions and there are a number of areas where we’re looking at the potential for more assistance."

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