The number of NHS staff that have returned to practice

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Lauren A. Smithson

Dear The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust,

Under the Freedom Of Information Act, I would like to request data on the number of Health Practitioners that have returned to the NHS under your Foundation Trust to support it during COVID-19, including retired practitioners who have returned to service and those who have rejoined the NHS.

Yours faithfully,

Lauren Smithson

Legal Services, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Ms Smith,

Many thanks for your FOI request which is receiving attention.

Yours Sincerely

Vicky Townsend
Legal Services Support Officer
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Kings Lynn
PE30 4ET

[email address]
01553 613998
Working hours Mon, Tues 0830 to 1615 & Wed 0830 to 1300

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Heywood, Martin, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Lauren

Further to our recent acknowledgement the information requested is as follows. We cannot be sure what the precise reasons for a member of staff joining or re-joining are but we can advise that since the start of the Covid outbreak we have had:

1. One doctor who came out of retirement and another both who joined us specifically to help us manage during the outbreak.
2. During the same period we have had 189 other healthcare staff join and 86 non-clinical.

...but we do not have a specific centrally recorded of note of the exact reason for each member of staff's joining.


Martin Heywood
Legal Services Manager

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
Gayton Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4ET
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01553 613521
Fax : 01553 613426
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