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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 27 May 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2014
  • Next update: 27 August 2015
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.9 per cent, an increase from 5.6 per cent for the same period in 2013.
  • Sickness absence shows seasonal variation, however the 12 month moving average has increased since April 2014 to reach 5.6 per cent in the latest quarter.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 8.8 per cent.
  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 3.9 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the ambulance staff group, 9.1 per cent.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the medical and dental staff group, 1.7 per cent.


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