NHS s compared to 10 days for public sectors workers generally (10 days) and private sector (5 days) NHS staff take average of 14 sick days a year

You are twice as likely to take sick leave as a public sector than the private sector worker. Those who take least sickness are the self employed. If you are self employed you cannot get Statutory Sick Pay as you are working for yourself and therefore do not have an employer. GPs are self employed, but more and are becoming “salaried”, and of the new entrants a large majority are women. If GPs do become self employed, rest assured their sickness rates will go up. I suspect rates for hospital doctors are rising right now..  without their hearts and minds believing it is sensibly founded this will continue and worsen..

In the public sector, 9.8 days were lost to sickness per employee last year (compared to 5.0 days in the private sector), while employees at businesses with 1,000 or more staff took 7.6 days off sick. Mean is the sum, or average, of a group of numbers in a set. Median is the middle value of a list of numbers.4 Jul 2018.

In 2017, women had, on average, 72% higher physician-certified sickness absence than men, compared with 33% higher self-certified sickness absence than men [42,43]. The present study therefore concentrates on the evaluation of longer sickness absences that may qualify for physician-certification.

Doctors in training had an average annual sickness rate of 1.1%, and the average rate among consultants was 1.2%. This compares with an average annual sickness absence rate of 4.2% for all NHS hospital staff, 4.5% for nurses, and 5.5% for ambulance workers.

Andrew Gregory in the Times 25th August reports: NHS staff take average of 14 sick days a year

Ashleigh Webber in “Personnel” on 4th July 2018 reports: Employees taking less time off sick, yet costing employers more.

NCBI resources Aug 1st 2018: Gender equality in sickness absence tolerance: Attitudes and norms of sickness absence are not different for men and women

Andrew Goddard 26th May 2018 in the BMJ: Doctors sickness rate is a third of other NHS staff. (And its even less in self employed GPs)

Physiotherapy and counselling for NHS staff in drive to cut sickness rates

Hospital job vacancies top 100,000 due to bad planning. NHSreality adds political short termism, & high sickness and absenteeism..

The NHS culture is sick – and so are its staff – But is there any “quick fix”?

Waste in the Health Services. It;s mainly due to staff absenses…

Cleaning up the UK Health Services, changing the culture and importing honesty..

A recent article in the BMJ pondered “Why Doctors Don’t take Sick leave”

Independant GPs: RCGP chair Clare Gerada calls for all GPs to become salaried

Update 31st Au9gst 2019:

Health Service Journal 30th Augu9st 2019 Managers most likely to say mental ill-health caused sick leave

Merto 25th August 2019: NHS workers’ most common reason for sick days is mental health issues and Sheffield Telegraph: Mental health problems main cause of sick days for NHS workers across England

This entry was posted in A Personal View, NHS managers, Stories in the Media on by .

About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s