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Covid absences among NHS staff in England fall amid signs crisis is easing

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Absences among NHS staff in England due to Covid have fallen by 22% on the previous week, figures show, with signs the staffing crisis in the health service may be easing, although health leaders have cautioned that s...

Deprived state schools in England hit hardest by Covid staff absences, survey finds

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The most deprived state schools in England have been hit much harder by staff absence with Covid, compared with those in better-off areas or private schools, according to a new survey of classroom teachers. The Teache...

Nurseries in England hit by staff absences after soaring Covid cases

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Nurseries in England have been forced to reduce their opening hours and even close entirely because of staff shortages after Covid-19 cases soared in early-years settings, with almost 3,700 reports in a single week. A...

NHS in England hit by highest Covid absences since vaccine rollout

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The NHS in England is experiencing the highest number of Covid absences since the vaccine rollout, with more than 40,000 staff unable to attend work on two days in the past week, prompting claims that hospitals are “s...

Two more NHS trusts declare critical incidents over staff Covid absences

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Two NHS trusts in Lancashire have declared critical incidents in their hospitals owing to staff absences, as the region’s health chief said officials were “bracing ourselves for a tsunami of Omicron cases”. Morecambe ...

Boris Johnson asks ministers to plan for Covid workplace absences of up to 25%

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Boris Johnson has instructed ministers to come up with “robust contingency plans” for workplace absences as it emerged that the government is concerned about the impact record numbers of daily Covid infections could h...

Omicron absences leave public services in ‘perilous state’

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Staff absences from the Omicron Covid variant are leaving public services in a “perilous state”,a union leader has said, amid new grim warnings about the variant’s impact on the NHS workforce. As much as 40% of NHS st...

Hospitals in England draw up plans for significant Covid staff absences

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Hospitals are drawing up contingency plans for “significant staff absences” to ensure they can still provide “essential” care for the most seriously ill patients, as health leaders warn the Omicron variant is already ...

Staff absences having ‘massive impact’ on pupils in England say head teachers

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Teacher absences are the biggest barrier to children recovering the learning lost during the pandemic, according to head teachers in England, as new data showed that shortages in key subjects such as physics are becom...

‘It’s scary’: record Covid absences cause concern in England’s schools

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Last week more than 100,000 children were absent from school in England with confirmed or suspected Covid infections, the highest number during the pandemic, according to the Department for Education. Five parents and...

Manchester City confident of defeating Real Madrid Femenino despite absences

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Manchester City travel to Real Madrid Femenino on Tuesday night without Lucy Bronze and Ellen White but it would still be a major shock were Gareth Taylor’s side to lose the first leg of their Champions League second ...

Capita boss credits remote working for low Covid-related absences

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The boss of Capita, one of the UK’s largest employers, has credited its policy of allowing staff to continue to work from home for its low levels of absences because of Covid self-isolation alerts. Jon Lewis, the chie...

Iceland aims to recruit 2,000 staff due to ‘pingdemic’ absences

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Grocery chain Iceland is aiming to recruit 2,000 spare staff to help cover absences caused by the self-isolation “pingdemic”, as retailers warned it was becoming difficult to maintain opening hours and keep shelves st...

Kenneth Branagh play cancelled after ‘Covid-enforced absences’

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A major summer theatre production starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh has been cancelled due to an “increasing number of Covid-enforced absences” during rehearsals. Branagh’s revival of The Browning Version by Te...