Over 1,500 health and social care staff have died of Covid-19 in England and Wales during the pandemic, according to ONS figures released in July last year. This number has likely risen since then. Thousands more have been absent from work for prolonged periods of time due to long Covid.
The impacts on our patients are clear: ambulance waits are at record highs, GP services are stretched, while the Royal College of Emergency has described how extended A&E wait times are translating directly into excess deaths.
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