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 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)
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