The impact of Covid-19 on Locum jobs in the UK

25 June 2021  •  Locum
The impact of Covid-19 on Locum jobs in the UK

Introduction

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on the NHS in terms of delays for routine hospital admissions and longer waiting lists for patients. Now, as the vaccine helps life get back to normal, the health service is aiming to reduce waiting times for surgeries and other appointments, with locum staff playing a key role in its recovery.

The demand for healthcare workers in the UK is set to increase over the course of 2021 and beyond, as the NHS makes efforts to see the record 4.7 million people on waiting lists for treatment. Routine hospital admissions are down by 47% compared with one year ago, as people have avoided making an appointment due to their fear of coronavirus.

Now, this is set to change, as more people feel safe about making a routine appointment again. The anticipated surge in appointments will lead to an increase in the number of locum jobs as the government strives to get UK healthcare back on track.

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