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NHS: Sick Leave

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies his Department has undertaken into the cost of sick leave to the NHS. (155246)

Data on sickness absence are collected as a part of the Department's routine monitoring and has been a part of the Department's productive time programme. An indicator on sickness absence is included in the Better Care Better Value Indicators. The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement included managing sickness absence as one of the ways of improving efficiency and productivity in their publication ‘Delivering Quality and Value: Focus on Productivity and Efficiency’.