NHS: Absenteeism

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd November 2021.

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Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of current levels of absence from work of NHS staff; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement’s data shows that to 3 November 2021 the average number of staff in National Health Service trusts absent due to sickness or self-isolation in the preceding week was 72,355 per day, of which 14,316 staff were absent for COVID-19 related reasons. This compares to a peak of over 155,000 absences per day in April 2020 and almost 100,000 absences per day in January 2021.

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