Departmental Sick Leave

International Development written question – answered on 26th February 2009.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department were recorded as having been on sick leave for over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to the health, safety and well-being of its employees. Over the past few years, we have continued to tackle absence due to sickness through improved monitoring and support to managers and staff. This includes:

a newly introduced case management team (April 2008) providing support and advice to managers to help them to tackle absence issues earlier; an employee health and well-being team providing a confidential and independent support and advisory service; and an occupational health service providing support to facilitate an early return to work for staff on longer term sick leave.

The number of staff recorded with sick absence of over 12 months on 31 December in each of the last five years are shown in the following table.

Number of staff with recorded sick absence of over 12 months
2004 3
2005 5
2006 3
2007 5
2008 5

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