Letter advises trusts of new procedure that collates staff deaths separately from patients
A leaked letter from NHS England to human resource directors around the country, obtained exclusively by the SKWAWKBOX, reveals that the NHS was not specifically collecting data on the deaths of staff from the coronavirus until yesterday.
The letter introduces HR directors to the ‘new parallel and rapid’ process – and confirms that previously staff deaths were rolled up into the ‘existing formal process’ for the reporting of all coronavirus deaths at each hospital:
At the beginning of April, the general secretary of the Royal College of Nurses told Matt Hancock that she had been unable to get any figures from the Department of Health – when Hancock himself could only say that ‘some nurses’ had been killed by the virus:
Hancock has persistently understated the number of NHS staff who have died. It seems he had not even told the NHS to start gathering specific data until yesterday or just before.
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