By Dr Minh Alexander 9 December 2022
Claire Murdoch is the National Mental Health Director for NHS England.
She is also longstanding CEO of a mental health trust, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
She has made public statements about support for people affected by long COVID:
Her NHS England colleague Ruth May Chief Nursing Officer has also made public comments about the importance of addressing long COVID:
NHS England has made similar public comments:
Last year, Claire Murdoch’s trust ignored an FOI request about long COVID in its staff:
FOI request by Grace Pritchard
I re-submitted the FOI request, with some additional questions.
The response from Claire Murdoch’s trust has now revealed that:
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust does NOT collate data on the extent to which its staff have been affected by a long COVID.
- NHS England has not asked Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust for data on long COVID in its staff
The CNWL FOI correspondence can be found here.
Other NHS trusts have also indicated that NHS England has not asked them for data on how long COVID has affected their staff.
I have asked Claire Murdoch if her trust and NHS England will now collect staff long COVID data.
9 December 2022
May I ask with respect to your trust’s response below,
1. Will the trust reconsider its current approach and start collating data on how long COVID has affected its staff?
2. Will NHS England reconsider its current approach and start collating data on how long COVID has affected NHS staff?
Dr Minh Alexander
The Department of Health holds no data on long COVID in NHS staff and has no intention of collating this data
Transparency about NHS staff with long COVID injuries and NHS staff personal injury claims for long COVID
NHS England does not want to know about long COVID in NHS staff