NHS Pennine Lancashire CCGs medical director Dr Mark Dziobon has thanked all NHS and care staff for their unwavering efforts to respond to the covid 19 pandemic over the last year, and more recently with the emergence of the omicron covid 19 variant. He said:
“It is very clear that the omicron covid 19 variant is very contagious. We don’t yet know the full scale of rising omicron cases and how this will affect people needing NHS treatment, but with our local hospitals and GP and community services facing exceptional demand and significant pressure as we go into the New Year, it is vital that everyone has the covid vaccination or the booster.
“On top of the incredible efforts made by staff to get people out of hospital safely, the NHS is also making every possible preparation for the uncertain challenges of omicron, including setting up new Nightingale surge hubs at hospitals across the country and recruiting thousands of nurses and reservists.
“The NHS is on a war footing, and while staff remain braced for the worst, with covid absence for NHS staff almost doubling in the past fortnight, keeping as many colleagues as possible at work on the frontline and minimising absence, will be essential in the next few weeks.
“As staff throw everything at preparing for this next wave, the public can play their part in protecting themselves by getting the first, second and booster jabs, as tens of millions of others already have.”