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January 2022

Covid: Armed Forces send 200 personnel to support the NHS in London

The BBC has reported that the Armed Forces have sent 200 personnel into NHS hospitals across London to plug staff shortages. The Ministry of Defence will provide 40 defence medics and 160 general duty personnel for the next three weeks.

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January 2022

Rule change for asymptomatic people who receive positive lateral flow

Nursing Times has reported that covid-19 testing rules for people without symptoms in England are being temporarily relaxed, as cases continue to soar following the emergence of the Omicron variant. From 11 January, asymptomatic people who test positive on a lateral flow device (LFD) will no longer be required to confirm their result with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

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January 2022

NHS to begin the move to dismiss staff who refuse Covid19 vaccine or redeployment

The Government stated in 2021 that all patient-facing NHS staff would need to have received both their first and second doses by April 2022. This would require staff to have received their first dose of the Covid19 vaccine no later than 3 February. The HSJ has reported that NHS trusts will be told next week how they should go about dismissing potentially thousands of NHS staff who have decided not to be vaccinated against Covid. For more information about COVID-19 and mandatory vaccinations please see here.

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January 2022

Covid: Boris Johnson confirms Plan B rules to continue for three weeks

The BBC reports that England’s current Plan B rules will continue, for now, Boris Johnson has confirmed – as new figures show a record one in 15 people had Covid on New Year’s Eve. In an update to MPs, the prime minister said the Covid measures will be reviewed again by 26 January.

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January 2022

Staffing crisis will prevent NHS recovery, MPs warn

The Independent and the BBC have reported that MPs have said the Covid pandemic has had a “catastrophic” impact on NHS waiting lists and that the current wave of the Omicron variant is exacerbating an already serious staffing crisis that the government is failing to address. A new report from the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee warned that staff shortages have impacted, and will continue to impact, its ability to provide care.

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January 2022

One-in-10 health trust staff absent with Covid, says union

The BBC reports that absences due to Covid-19 are affecting about one in 10 staff across all health trusts in Northern Ireland, the health union Unison has said. It comes as the Omicron variant continues to spread with transmission rates at an “extraordinary level”.

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January 2022

Self-isolating nurses: COVID rule changes in a bid to cut absence

Nursing Standard has reported that nurses who are asymptomatic following a positive lateral flow test will no longer have to take a PCR test, in a move designed to cut staff absence. Asymptomatic nursing staff will be able to return to work if they get negative lateral flow results on days six and seven following their positive tests.

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January 2022

Under-fire Nottingham maternity units are improving

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust was last year rated “inadequate” by inspectors following dozens of baby deaths and injuries. The BBC has reported that a health boss said the hospital trust has made a “real difference” in improving its failing maternity services. The improvement work is being monitored by the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire clinical commissioning group (CCG).

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