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Chart of the week: The rise, fall and rise again of NHS staff sickness absences

Data story 12/01/2022

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. With staff absences in the NHS having been in the headlines recently, Billy Palmer looks at the daily number of staff absent through sickness or self-isolation across NHS acute trusts in England...

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Chart of the week: How many care home staff in England have received two Covid-19 vaccine doses?

Data story 18/11/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. After the deadline passed last week, care home staff in England now need to have received two Covid-19 jabs to carry on working. In this week’s chart, Nina Hemmings looks at how many had been v...

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How to minimise the negative consequences of compulsory vaccines for NHS staff?

Blog post 12/11/2021Billy Palmer

It was announced this week that front-line NHS staff in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from April next year. Given that the policy now exists, what can be done to mitigate the downsides? Billy Palmer describes the lessons to learn from other countries and sectors, and states five...

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Health spending during Covid-19: how does the UK compare?

Blog post 02/11/2021Sarah Reed | Laura Schlepper | John Appleby

Sarah Reed, Laura Schlepper and John Appleby analyse how health spending has changed across different countries in response to the pandemic, and assess why the UK may have spent more comparatively.

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What has been the impact of Covid-19 across the UK countries?

Blog post 15/10/2021Sarah Scobie

While every health service across the United Kingdom has faced unprecedented pressures over the past year and a half, UK-wide reporting has masked any differences in peaks and troughs across the four countries. In this explainer, Sarah Scobie takes a closer look at the pandemic across the UK so far...

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Troubling situation in A&E services is bellwether for pressure across the NHS and care system

Press release 14/10/2021Nuffield Trust

Sarah Scobie responds to the latest NHS performance stats from NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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Chart of the week: How has the risk of acquiring Covid-19 in hospital changed in the last year?

Data story 13/08/2021

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. Back in November, Sarah Scobie revealed the rise in the proportion of patients in hospital who had acquired Covid-19 after being admitted. This week she revisits the topic to see if things have c...

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Nuffield Trust: Covid and backlog pressure on NHS causing alarming situation in emergency care

Press release 12/08/2021Nuffield Trust

Sarah Scobie responds to the latest NHS monthly performance statistics.

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After the dust settles: some overlooked and underappreciated aspects of the NHS pay settlement

Blog post 11/08/2021Billy Palmer

The recent NHS pay settlement in England alluded to the importance of recognising the extraordinary efforts of health service staff during the Covid-19 crisis. But how well does the settlement actually reflect the pandemic? Billy Palmer takes a closer look at what was agreed, what it might mean for...

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Will the third Covid-19 wave overwhelm the NHS?

Blog post 26/07/2021Sarah Scobie

Covid-19 restrictions in England may now have been lifted, but it is very clear that the pandemic is not yet over. The numbers of people admitted to hospital have been increasing in recent weeks, as have deaths from the virus. This explainer from Sarah Scobie looks at what the third wave might mean...

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