‘Critical point’: Nissan and Rolls-Royce face staff shortages due to NHS app alerts

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High numbers of staff have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app. It is estimated that up to 900 workers at Nissan’s Sunderland car plant have been sent home, which accounts for more than ten percent of the total workforce.

Sunderland is home to the second highest rate of covid infections, with 955 cases per 100,000 population. 

A Nissan spokesperson confirmed a number of shortages at their Nissan plant because of the NHS app.

They said: “Production in certain areas of the plant has been adjusted as we manage a number of staff being required to self-isolate following close contact with Covid-19.

“The wellbeing of our team is our number one priority, and we remain confident in the rigorous safety controls we have on site.”

The Rolls-Royce manufacturing site in Goodwood, West Sussex, has also been affected by staff shortages as a result of the NHS app.

It is estimated that the plant employs round 1,700 workers, but it is unconfirmed how many are self-isolating.

In a statement, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars confirmed it was still running at still production.

It said: “We operate a two-shift system and every car is hand-built to customer order.

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“We are extremely concerned at the number of employees at our manufacturing plant who have been forced to self-isolate after being notified by the NHS Test and Trace app.

“We are approaching a critical point – it will be necessary to reduce our two shifts to one if numbers of self-isolations continue to rise, effectively halving production.

“This would be deeply detrimental to our customers’ expectations and our business.”

Last week, the UK’s biggest car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover, temporarily suspended production at its Midlands and Merseyside plants.

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