Bosses' organisation NHS Employers sick leave corresponds to fall to an average of 4.7% during 2003. So they have planned to reduce long-term absence by launching a drive on it. CBI also reports a low leave percentage in the private sector (six days a year).
Staff working in the administrative, strategic and special health authorities were found to be absent only for about 2.8%, the least when compared to north east and north west staffs, a survey reports.
Confederation of British Industry and insurance group AXA reports that public sector organizations scores over 30% than private sector in making themselves absence.
The chief executive of the Ambulance Service Association, Richard Diment, feels that stress from handling potential traumatic situations may be the reason for a higher absenteeism rate. 'If counselling, stress relief programmes and occupational health services are provided, nurses feel more support and safety in their carrier' - a spokesman from Royal College of Nursing says.