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Sickness absence in the NHS

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  • Release date: 9 May 2018
  • Period covered: Quarter ending December 2017
  • Next update: 8 August 2018
A quarterly report presenting data on sickness absence rates for directly employed NHS staff.

Key points

  • Sickness absence was 5.5 per cent, an increase from 5.4 per cent in the same period in 2016.
  • The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust had the highest sickness absence, 7.4 per cent.
  • Public Health Wales NHS Trust had the lowest sickness absence, 4.0 per cent.
  • The highest staff group sickness absence was in the ambulance staff group, 7.6 per cent.
  • The lowest staff group sickness absence was in the Medical and Dental staff group, 1.8 per cent.


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