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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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