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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 15 February 2017
  • Period covered: Quarter ending September 2016
  • Next update: 17 May 2017
A quarterly report presenting data on areas of the NHS with the highest and lowest sickness rates.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.1 per cent, a decrease from 5.2 per cent for the same period in 2015.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 6.9 per cent.
  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 3.4 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Ambulance staff group, 7.5 per cent.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.5 per cent.


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