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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 9 August 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending March 2017
  • Next update: 15 November 2017
A quarterly report presenting data on sickness absence rates for directly employed NHS staff.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.2 per cent, a decrease from 5.3 per cent in the same period in 2016. 
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 6.7 per cent.
  • Velindre NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 4.0 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers staff group, 7.5 per cent.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.8 per cent.


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