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Sickness Absence

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department were on long term sick leave in each of the last five years. [109248]

We have defined long-term sick leave to be —absence from work due to sickness for a period of ninety days and over. The information requested is shown in the table.

Financial YearsNumber of staff on long sick term leave
Staff members whose absence spans from one year to another are counted again in the second year.The Department has agreed with Cabinet Office and Her Majesty's Treasury, public service agreement targets for reducing its levels of sickness absence. The Department aims to bring absence levels down to 6.8 days per staff year by 2003.