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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 18 February 2015
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2014
  • Next update: 27 May 2015
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • The sickness absence rate was 5.5 per cent, an increase from 5.2 per cent for the same period in 2013.
  • Of the 7 Local Health Boards and 3 NHS Trusts, the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence rate (8.6 per cent) and Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest rate (3.3 per cent).
  • Of the 6 staff groups, the highest sickness absence rate was in the ambulance staff group (9.2 per cent) and the lowest sickness absence rate was in the medical and dental staff group (1.5 per cent).


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