TRIPLE: Army is called in to save hospitals as a result of NHS staff absences.


TRIPLE: Army is called in to save hospitals as a result of NHS staff absences.

Since Christmas Day, when 200 troops were called to assist in London hospitals, NHS staff absences have increased by 62 percent.

On January 2, around 39,142 acute trust staff in England were absent due to Covid illness or isolation, according to the latest data.

This is up from the 24,197 people who were counted on Christmas Day.

It’s also more than double the 18,829 people who worked in December and more than triple the 12,240 people who worked in December.

Covid-related illnesses caused 40,654 NHS employees to miss work just before New Year’s Eve.

This follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s admission that the Omicron wave will cause some hospitals to become “temporarily overwhelmed.”

Despite promising to do “whatever it takes” to prevent the NHS from collapsing, he has failed to do so.

Mr Johnson has ordered the Armed Forces to assist the health service, which is dealing with an increase in hospital admissions.

To deal with the severe staffing shortages, London will receive 40 military medics and 160 general duty personnel.

Military personnel will be deployed in the capital as a “mixture of medics, porterage, and these kinds of things,” according to Paul Scully, the Minister for London.

Since March 2020, the Army has handled over 400 requests for individual support from the military, according to Air Commodore John Lyle.

In support of the booster program, over 1,000 personnel were deployed.

Patients could see a “primarily NHS workforce” backed up by personnel dressed in army uniforms and wearing protective gear, according to him.

“Helping out in different ways depending on whether or not they are clinically qualified,” said Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation. “Obviously, if people have medical skills, then they can be used in clinical settings.”

“The Government shouldn’t just wait to ride this out,” British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul told Sky News.

As a result of the increase in Omicron cases, the NHS is under severe strain, with nearly 3,000 critical care and general acute beds being closed.

“The Government can no longer deny the staffing crisis in the NHS,” Patricia Marquis, director of the Royal College of Nursing in England, said.

“The Prime Minister and others can no longer dismiss concerns about the NHS’s ability to provide safe care.

“Where does the Government turn next in an attempt to ‘ride’ once the military has been brought in?”

“Brinkwire News Summary.”


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