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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 31 August 2016
  • Period covered: Quarter ending March 2016
  • Next update: 8 November 2016
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.3 per cent, a decrease from 5.6 per cent for the same period in 2015. 
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS trust had the highest sickness absence, 7.8 per cent.
  • Public Health Wales NHS trust had the lowest sickness absence, 3.7 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Ambulance staff group, 8.0 per cent.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the medical and dental staff group, 1.7 per cent.


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