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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 the Home Department how many staff in his Department were on long term sick leave in each of the last five years. [109243]

Information about long term sickness absence is not held centrally. As part of the process for effective monitoring and managing sickness absence, the Department and its Agencies have introduced a range of clear trigger points with advice on action to take to ensure that timely and appropriate action is taken. We are also currently revising operational practice to see what further action might be appropriate.The Department and its Agencies have introduced guidelines, policies and procedures with a view to meeting its target to reducing sickness absence, published in its Service Delivery Agreements for April 2001 to March 2004.