Less than half of NHS staff had flu jab as cases soar

Less than half of NHS staff had flu jab as cases soar
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Figures show that last year only 45% of Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust staff had a flu jab.

The figure for Oxleas NHS Trust were lower at 25%.

During the winter period in 2017/18 there was a “36% increase in bed restrictions and closures (across South East London) due to infection and influenza when compared to the previous winter”.




Figures were revealed after questions by Conservative Leader Matt Hartley at a Healthier Communities meeting held last week.

Low take-up risks increased levels of staff sickness given the proximity of many staff to sick people. The chances of passing on flu are also enhanced.

Trusts are encouraging staff to increase take up and are hoping to reach their 75% target.

Are staff overworked and unable to find time? Are they being pushed hard enough to take it? If you work for the NHS it’d be interesting to hear your views below.




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