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NHS: Lost Working Days

Question for Department of Health

UIN 335, tabled on 21 June 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many days have been lost in the NHS due to staff absence and sickness in each of the last five years.

Answered on

27 June 2017

The number of days lost in the National Health Service due to staff absence other than sickness is not collected centrally. The number of days lost to the NHS as a result of sickness absence over the last five years is in the table below 1 .

Year

Sum of Full Time Equivalent sick days taken

Sum of Full Time Equivalent working days available

Sickness absence rate (%)

2012

15,970,492

376,888,359

4.24 %

2013

15,424,804

377,092,245

4.09 %

2014

16,178,672

384,714,386

4.21 %

2015

16,346,443

392,433,945

4.17 %

2016

16,866,471

403,377,016

4.18 %

Note:

1 Source: NHS Digital - NHS Staff Sickness Absence Statistics. The data includes the number of days between the start and end dates of each sickness absence episode, even those days on which the employee would not have normally worked. This has an effect of overestimating the total sick days.

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Department of Health and Social Care