A TEAM of soldiers has been called in to support medical staff in the East Midlands amid a Covid shortage of personnel.
Hospitals and ambulance crews have been paralyzed by record-high infection rates that have forced thousands of people out of work to self-isolate.
Although Omicron has fueled a large increase in cases, extremely active research showed that the variant causes milder disease.
Covid booster vaccine provided best level of protection against the mutant strain and thousands of doses are being delivered every day with help from The Sun’s Jabs Army.
But the UK is not out of the woods yet. With a staggeringly high number of cases comes a huge gap in the NHS workforce.
In the latest development, the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) announced that there will be 60 service members involved.
Soldiers will help respond to non-emergency patients in the coming weeks and help with tasks like basic care.
Ben Holdaway, EMAS’s chief operations officer, said it would ensure paramedics “can focus on attending to serious and life-threatening emergencies”.
“The baud rate of [Covid] in the community has continued to increase, and we have seen an increasing number of EMAS personnel needing to self-isolate or be absent due to a positive test result,” he said in a statement.
“Combined with the massive pressures the entire NHS system is under and the high demand for our services, some of our less urgent and non-emergency patients are waiting longer for ambulances. they expect.”
The team will start training this weekend.
It came after it was announced early this week that the army would be drawn to help hospitals in London and the North West.
About 200 staff members will help the capital, while 150 will support the Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS).
It comes after the latest NHS England figures revealed that staff absenteeism in the North West rose 85% in a week to 7,338 on January 2.
In London, the number of absentees increased 4% from the previous week, to 4,765.
To help fill the void, approximately 1,800 military personnel have pledged to support 15 requests for Military Aid Open to Civilian Authority (MACA) of Covid-19, as of Friday.
In total, there are about 9,300 armed forces on standby.
Health Minister Sajid Javid praised the “excellent Armed Forces” for supporting the NHS in a time of need.
At least 24 of 137 trust hospitals have declare a serious incident over the past few weeks, which means they are concerned about patient safety.
REMOVEPositive news, most regions are currently seeing reduce the number of Covid patients who come to the hospital each day.
Numbers are still growing in the North East and Yorkshire, which is also reflected in the number of inpatients.
There were nearly 2,800 hospitals in the area as of Jan. 11 – 71% of the second wave peak of 3,900.
A similar picture is seen in the Northwest, however enrollment appears to be steady.
London, south-east England and south-west England have all seen a drop or stabilization of Covid hospital inpatients over the past few days.
The number of patients in hospitals in the Midlands and East of England is still growing, but the number of people admitted to hospital soon showed signs of falling.
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