A London hospital could lose 1,000 employees if not vaccinated.
The director of King’s College Hospital (KCH) Dr. Clive Kay admitted he was “concerned” that about 10% of the hospital’s 14,000 or so workers have not yet received a first dose.
Dr. Kay said his job was “to encourage staff to vaccinate” after Sajid Javid was interviewed by Steve James, an intensive care consultant anesthetist, during a visit to the hospital.
The adviser had told the health minister he disagreed with the government’s decision to make vaccinations mandatory for NHS hospital staff and said the science wasn’t strong enough to support the move.
Dr. Kay refused to comment on “individual cases” but said it was a “contentious point” whether the measures were fair or not as they were now legal matters.
KCH executives are now trying to encourage hospital staff to get a sting when the deadline for the first dose approaches, he said.
In December MPs approved compulsory vaccinations for NHS and social care workers through April this year.
On the BBC’s Sunday Morning show, Dr. Kay: “The law now stipulates that if people not vaccinated, if they cannot be switched, they cannot work in hospitals if they are dealing with patients.
“We hold talks with employees, their superiors hold talks, we have a helpline where colleagues seek clarification and help.”
In an “extreme” scenario, more than 1,000 employees could be lost if vaccine uptake in the workforce does not improve, said Dr. Kay.
When asked if he was concerned, Dr. Kay: “Yes, of course. I think my job is to worry, my job is to take care of everything, whether we have enough staff here to care for the patients, and we will continue to do so, and we will become the patients provide, but ultimately if the individual does not decide (it is) their choice, ”he said.
Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi also supported the requirement that NHS staff be vaccinated despite the staff shortage and the anesthesiologist’s challenge on Mr Javid.
He told the BBC show on Sunday morning, “I think if you work with the most vulnerable people – and those who go to the hospital are very vulnerable, as are those in our nursing homes – you have a duty of care.”
After his exchange with Mr. Javids at KCH, Dr. James of the PA News Agency, he doesn’t think Covid is causing “very significant problems” for young people.
He added that his patients in the intensive care unit were “extremely overweight” with several other comorbidities.
“I wouldn’t say he agreed,” he said. “I felt like he was listening.”