Dr Minh Alexander retired consultant psychiatrist 12 November 2022
The UK is not good to its public servants.
ONS has just compiled basic data on armed forces veterans for the first time. It was astonishing that there were previously no such no official figures.
Frontline NHS staff injured by COVID19 whilst trying to keep services afloat despite government mismanagement of the pandemic, have been treated with disdain by the government..
NHS Resolution holds some of the central data on NHS staff long COVID cases, but says the data is not specifically coded to allow a computer search and analysis. See:
I asked the Department of Health and Social Care if it knew of any central data, and whether it held central data on long COVID-affected NHS staff.
The answer was ‘No’ and ‘No’.
Asked whether it intended to collate this data in future, the answer was also ‘No’.
The DHSC suggested I try ONS, but ONS only holds long COVID data by occupational group, and not by employer.
In the midst of an epic NHS workforce shortage, the DHSC knows of no central data about staff who have left the NHS due to long COVID:
“The numbers of NHS staff to date who have left their employment due to long covid
DHSC does not hold this information. Standard publications of information by NHS Digital does not record this level of detail and we are not aware of any specific NHS collections known to DHSC.”
This is the DHSC FOI response:
The government’s treatment of key workers on the COVID frontlines is beyond words.
Will the unions campaign hard enough to ensure that COVID injured NHS staff are better treated and NHS staff are better protected from transmissible diseases?
It is not only a matter of justice but of public health. Unprotected workers are part of the engine of transmission and infection.
I have sent the DHSC’s FOI response to the COVID public inquiry.