One in four doctors off sick or in isolation

Professor Andrew Goddard has claimed that one in every four NHS doctors is off work sick or in quarantine.

The head of the Royal College of Physicians said the level of illness and self-isolation was already seriously affecting emergency departments, particularly in London and Birmingham, warning that some ‘hospitals are really at the limit’.

Goddard said it was still unclear whether the quarter of the workforce off of work would increase or ease off as testing of NHS staff allows people to come out of isolation. The RCP claim follows the Royal College of Nursing revelation that approximately one in five nurses had taken time off work to self-isolate.

Some 1,789 patients have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus as of 17:00 on 30 March, according to the Department of Health.

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