One in four NHS doctors are off work sick or in isolation
Around one in four NHS doctors have been signed off from work sick or in isolation, the head of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has said.
Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the RCP, told the PA news agency that about 25% of doctors are off work, either because they have contracted coronavirus or because a family member or housemate is ill. He said:
At the moment, we think it’s more doctors self-isolating with family members, though there are some off sick themselves.”
This is really impacting a lot in emergency departments and London is in a much worse position than elsewhere at the moment, but it will come to other places.
Birmingham is also struggling.”