WORKFORCE: There was a higher uptake of the seasonal flu vaccine among staff at the trust than in any other provider in the North of England.

88.9 per cent of frontline healthcare workers at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen had received the vaccine by 17 February this year, according to a letter from NHS North of England chief executive Ian Dalton.

University Hospital of South Manchester had the second-highest rate of uptake, at 82 per cent, followed by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals at 80.6 per cent.

Mr Dalton wrote: “I would like to congratulate those trusts and FTs that have met the coverage targets for front line workers. This has provided real protection for your staff, their patients and families over the winter and is a key part of managing winter pressures. Attaining these levels of high coverage is clearly achievable and within our gift.”