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NHS: Sick Leave

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of sick days taken per member of staff was in each NHS trust in each of the last five years. (256367)

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of sick leave in the NHS. (256449)

National health service employing organisations are responsible for taking appropriate local action to reduce levels of sick leave.

The Department recently published ‘The NHS Constitution’ which included a pledge to staff in the NHS “to provide support and opportunities for staff to maintain their health, well-being and safety”. A copy of the publication has already been placed in the Library.

To support work on this pledge there will be a review of the health and well-being of the NHS work force as part of the Government's response to Dame Carol Black's report on the health of the United Kingdom's working-age population.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates his Department has made of the cost of sick leave to the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available. (256450)

Sickness absence in 2005 was reported to amount to 4.5 per cent. of available working time. It was estimated that each 0.1 percentage point reduction would give a theoretical saving of £35 million.