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Junior NHS staff ‘take most sick days’

11th February 2011

Junior NHS workers and those working in deprived areas are more prone to taking sick leave than senior colleagues and staff in affluent areas, a new report shows.

The Audit Commission found wide variations in staff illness levels across the country, with the north of England recording the highest levels of NHS sick days.

Its report noted that factors within NHS organisations – including the way they manage, motivate and support their staff – must also play a role in affecting these trends.

According to the watchdog, addressing these modifiable causes could help the NHS to save 290 million pounds, as well as improving staff productivity and morale.

Andy McKeon, managing director of health at the Audit Commission, added that managers should be realistic and accept that frontline staff who deal with ill patients are likely to take more sick days than others.

Professor Dame Carol Black, national director for health and work, said: "The findings of the report will prompt reflection in every trust and review with remedial action in many."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800400712-ADNFCR

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