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UK ministers told to draw up 8‘robust contingency plans’ for Covid absences

By Laura Hughes

02 Jan 2022 · 3 min read

Boris Johnson has called on ministers to draw up ​“robust contingency plans” to tackle coronavirus-related staff absences threatening to disrupt UK businesses and supply chains over the coming weeks.

With rising case numbers exacerbating the staff shortages already plaguing many sectors, public sector leaders have been asked to test plans against worst-case scenarios of workforce absences of up to 25 per cent.

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