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Hospital alone could lose 1,000 employees thanks to new vaccine rules

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A London hospital could lose 1,000 staff if they don’t get vaccinated, its chief executive admitted after a doctor challenged the Health Secretary over rules on compulsory injections for NHS workers .

King’s College Hospital (KCH) director Dr Clive Kay admitted he was “worried” that around 10% of the hospital’s estimated 14,000 workers have yet to receive a first dose.

Dr Kay said his job was to “encourage staff to get vaccinated” after Sajid Javid was interviewed by Steve James, a consultant anesthesiologist in the intensive care unit, during a hospital visit.

The consultant had told the Health Secretary he disagreed with the government‘s decision to make vaccinations mandatory for NHS hospital workers, saying the science was not strong enough to support this decision.

Dr Kay declined to comment on “individual cases” but said it was “questionable” whether the measures were fair or not, as these were now questions of law.

Senior KCH executives are redoubling their efforts to encourage hospital workers to get injected as the deadline approaches for receiving a first dose, he said.

In December, MPs approved mandatory vaccinations for the NHS and social service staff by April this year.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Morning show, Dr Kay said: “The law is now such that people who are not vaccinated, if they cannot be redeployed, will not be able to work in the hospitals. hospitals if they deal with patients.

“We have conversations with staff, their supervisors have conversations, we have a helpline where colleagues ask for clarification and help. “

More than 1,000 staff could be lost in an “extreme” scenario unless vaccination in the workforce improves, Dr Kay said.

When asked if he was worried, Dr Kay replied, “Yes, of course. I think my job is to worry, my job is to worry about everything whether or not we have enough staff here to care for patients and will continue to do so, and we will provide patient care, but in at the end of the day, if individuals don’t choose (it’s) their choice, ”he said.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi also backed the demand that NHS staff be vaccinated despite staff shortages and the anesthesiologist’s challenge to Mr Javid.

He told the BBC’s Sunday Morning show: “I think when you work with the most vulnerable – and those who go to hospitals are very vulnerable, as are those in our care homes – you have a duty of care. “

After his exchange with Mr Javid’s at KCH, Dr James told the PA news agency he did not think Covid was causing “very significant problems” for young people.

He added that his intensive care patients had been “extremely overweight” with several other co-morbidities.

“I wouldn’t say he agreed with me,” he said. “I felt like he was listening.