By Lucy Ashton

Scottish Labour has expressed alarm as Covid-related staff absences sky-rocketed, more than doubling in the last 7 weeks.

Overall staff absences increased by 109%, with medical and dental staff absences more than tripling with an astounding 266% increase.

This comes as recorded Covid cases in Scotland reaches a record high. 

Scottish Labour’s Health and Covid Recovery spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:  “This alarming increase in staff absences is a reminder that we can’t let Covid spiral out of control.  Having thousands of staff off every week is bound to take its toll on services.  If cases continue to climb the pressure on the NHS will only grow.”

She added: “We need to get the virus back under control, but test and protect is at breaking point and the vaccine roll-out is slowing.

“We need to fix these problems urgently, and ensure that the NHS has the staffing capacity it needs to cope with any absences.”

Date Nursing and midwifery absences Medical and dental staff absences Other staff absences All staff absences
week to 11/05/2021 635 11 480 1,127
week to 18/05/2021 623 10 494 1,127
week to 25/05/2021 643 15 499 1,157
week to 01/06/2021 684 15 538 1,238
week to 08/06/2021 771 18 585 1,375
week to 15/06/2021 799 35 659 1,493
week to 22/06/2021 921 33 757 1,711
week to 29/06/2021 1264 42 1050 2,356
% change since week to 11/05/2021 99% 266% 119% 109%



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