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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of sickness absence of staff in his Department was in each of the last five years. (240380)

Information on average working days lost (AWDL) per member of staff due to sickness absence in the Department and its Agencies is presented in the following table:

Coverage

AWDL

2007-081

Core Department of Health

5.3

2006-071

Core Department of Health

6.5

20052

Core Department of Health

7.0

20042

Department and its Agencies

3.8

20032

Department and its Agencies

5.4

1 Financial year

2 Calendar year

The change in the figures from calendar years to financial year between 2005 and 2006-07 reflects a change in the annual period covered by the reports. The change between 2004 and 2005 from the Department and its Agencies together to the Department and its Agencies separately reflects a change in the level of aggregation of information in reporting.