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Sickness Absence Rates in the NHS - January-March 2012

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, NHS Trusts, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Ambulance Trusts, Community health services, Primary Care Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Care Trusts
Date Range:
01 Jan 2012 to 31 Mar 2012


This statistical bulletin relates to sickness absence rates for staff at NHS organisations on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) between January and March 2012. This edition also contains an annual summary of sickness absence rates between 2009/10 and 2011/12 which will be published every July.


Between January and March 2012 the average sickness absence rate for the NHS in England was 4.37 per cent, an increase from the same period in 2011.

The North East SHA area had the highest average sickness absence rate for January to March 2012 at 4.83 per cent. The London SHA area had the lowest average at 3.67 per cent.

The national annual sickness absence rate has fallen each year, from 4.40 per cent in 2009-10 to 4.16 per cent in 2010-11 to 4.12 per cent in 2011-12.


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