Prison Service

Justice written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Shadow Minister (London), Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many days in total have been lost due to staff sickness in each prison in each of the last four years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Sickness absence is measured as the average working days lost per staff year, which is the measure used across all Government Departments. Sickness rates in adult prisons have fallen over the last 10 years and remain below the rate of 14.8 days lost, across public sector adult prisons, in 2002-03.

Figures for average working days lost for prisons in the public and contracted sectors are used in the Prison Rating System and have been published annually since 2011-12 as part of the data set that accompanies the published ratings.

Figures for 2012-13 can be found on the ‘Data' sheet of the published spreadsheet at the following location:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/225231/prs-data-12-13.xls'

Figures for 2011-12 are available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/218342/prison-rating-system-2011-12.xls,

Figures for 2010-11 can be seen in the following table.

Table: Average number of working days lost per member of staff due to sickness related absence in adult prisons in England and Wales, 2010-11
Establishment Average working days lost1
Acklington 12.8
Ashfield 8.1
Ashwell 10.4
Askham Grange 10.2
Aylesbury 12.5
Bedford 8.1
Belmarsh 10.4
Birmingham 10.7
Blantyre House 6.1
Blundeston 11.7
Brinsford 12.1
Bristol 7.9
Brixton 10.5
Bronzefield 10.6
Buckley Hall 10.2
Bullingdon 11.2
Bullwood Hall 9.3
Bure 8.4
Canterbury 10.3
Cardiff 10.5
Castington 9.9
Channings Wood 7.9
Chelmsford 10.4
Coldingley 8.4
Cookham Wood 18.1
Dartmoor 11.9
Deerbolt 9.7
Doncaster 8.2
Dorchester 9.1
Dovegate2 9.0
Dover 8.4
Downview 10.5
Drake Hall 8.3
Durham 12.2
East Sutton Park 10.3
Eastwood Park 10.5
Edmunds Hill 11.8
Elmley 12.5
Erlestoke 11.4
Everthorpe 8.8
Exeter 12.5
Featherstone 7.9
Feltham 11.7
Ford 14.4
Forest Bank 8.5
Foston Hall 10.8
Frankland 9.0
Full Sutton 9.4
Garth 10.7
Gartree 8.7
Glen Parva 4.5
Gloucester 9.1
Grendon 8.5
Guys Marsh 9.2
Haslar 12.0
Haverigg 11.9
Hewell 11.3
High Down 11.5
Highpoint 10.8
Hindley 15.4
Hollesley Bay 5.3
Holloway 14.2
Holme House 11.0
Hull 7.3
Huntercombe 11.0
Isis 7.3
Isle of Wight 11.5
Kennet 11.1
Kingston 8.9
Kirkham 12.3
Kirklevington Grange 11.5
Lancaster Castle 10.3
Lancaster Farms 12.5
Latchmere House 15.0
Leeds 8.9
Leicester 6.6
Lewes 15.1
Leyhill 10.2
Lincoln 8.3
Lindholme 11.2
Littlehey 11.2
Liverpool 16.7
Long Lartin 5.7
Low Newton 10.6
Lowdham Grange2 5.6
Maidstone 11.5
Manchester 9.3
Moorland 10.1
Morton Hall 7.2
Mount 8.1
New Hall 13.3
North Sea Camp 7.3
Northallerton 10.1
Norwich 9.1
Nottingham 9.4
Onley 8.7
Pentonville 12.2
Peterborough 9.9
Portland 12.1
Preston 9.3
Ranby 8.0
Reading 13.3
Risley 8.6
Rochester 11.4
Send 7.4
Sheppey Clustered Services 5.2
Sheppey Reducing Re-Offending 10.3
Shepton Mallet 9.1
Shrewsbury 10.5
Spring Hill 9.7
Stafford 10.0
Standford Hill 14.4
Stocken 11.2
Stoke Heath 11.0
Styal 12.9
Sudbury 6.2
Swaleside 11.9
Swansea 9.3
Swinfen Hall 8.5
Thorn Cross 9.9
Usk 7.4
Verne 10.6
Wakefield 5.8
Wandsworth 10.1
Warren Hill 12.5
Wayland 7.9
Wealstun 9.1
Wellingborough 9.8
Werrington 6.8
Wetherby 8.9
Whatton 8.7
Whitemoor 6.4
Winchester 12.3
Woodhill 7.2
Wormwood Scrubs 7.9
Wymott 11.2
1 Average Working Days Lost is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days lost due to sickness related absence divided by the average number of full time equivalent staff in post. 2 Figures for Dovegate and Lowdham Grange were provided by private contractors for calendar year 2010 instead of for financial year 2010-11. Note: Figures for 2013-14 will be published on 31 July 2014 in the Management Information Addendum to the NOMS Annual Report 2013-14.

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