LONDON — In the hospital in southwest England where Joanna Poole works as an intensive care doctor and anesthesiologist, the last few weeks have been a blur of canceled operations for lack of beds and a scramble to plug holes in schedules because of coronavirus cases among the staff.

From day to day she is unsure who will be available to work, including herself. One day this month, she said, most of her department had to go home to take tests after coming into contact with an infected colleague, throwing the staffing schedule into turmoil.

Dr. Poole, 32, wants to get back to “normal operating,” when she knows her staff roster and has a chance to become familiar with her patients. “And then actually give them the operation, have no one be canceled and just have a day where I know what I’m doing when I get up in the morning,” she said, sighing.

coronavirus cases continues to batter Britain, hospitals, clinics and ambulance services say it is winnowing their staffs, especially through the highly contagious Omicron variant. The wave of infections has put severe pressure on the National Health Service, already under strain from worker shortages caused by underfunding, Brexit and the exhaustion from nearly two years of battling the pandemic.

surpassed 100,000 new cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic.


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