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Study of NHS employee fitness ‘designed to tackle absences’

23rd November 2009

A new report has been compiled that examines the health of NHS employees and makes suggestions as to how this can be improved upon in order to reduce absences in the health service.

Compiled by Dr Steve Boorman, the paper suggests that illness and stress among NHS employees is having a negative impact on the level of care they offer patients, informs the Press Association.

Commissioned by the Department of Health, the report, which was published today, outlines a series of measures to improve the health of NHS staff.

Some of these include regular check-ups, counselling and healthy eating advice.

According to the news provider, the NHS’ annual rate of sickness is currently 10.7 days a year per employee.

This news follows guidance published by the National Patient Safety Agency for the NHS last week, which elaborated upon the appropriate criteria for apologising to patients when something goes wrong.

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