A quarterly report presenting data on sickness absence rates for directly employed NHS staff for January to March 2019.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.6%, down 0.1 percentage point from the same period in 2018.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 7.4%.
  • Health Education and Improvement Wales Special Health Authority had the lowest sickness absence, 2.9%.
  • The staff group with the highest sickness absence was the Healthcare Assistants and other support workers staff group, 8.0%.
  • The staff group with the lowest sickness absence was the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.9%.


Sickness absence in the NHS, January to March 2019
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