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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 17 May 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2016
  • Next update: 9 August 2017
A quarterly report presenting data on sickness absence rates for directly employed NHS staff.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.4%, the same as in the December quarter of 2015. 
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 7.2%.
  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 3.5%.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Ambulance staff group, 7.8%.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.8%.


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