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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 14 May 2014
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2013
  • Next update: 28 August 2014
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • The sickness absence rate was 5.7 per cent, a decrease from 5.8 per cent for the same period in 2012.
  • Of the 7 Local Health Boards and 3 NHS Trusts, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence rate (7.7 per cent) and Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest rate (3.4 per cent).
  • Of the 6 staff groups, the highest sickness absence rate was in the ambulance staff group (8.1 per cent) and the lowest sickness absence rate was in the medical and dental staff group (1.5 per cent).


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