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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 13 February 2019
  • Period covered: Quarter ending 30 September 2018
  • Next update: 8 May 2019
A quarterly report presenting data on sickness absence rates for directly employed NHS staff.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.2%, up 0.1 percentage point from the same period in 2017.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 6.9%.
  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 3.9%.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the Ambulance staff group,7.6%.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.6%.


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