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S5W-03458: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many nursing staff working days in each NHS board have been lost due to illness in each of the last five years, and what information it has on how many times the absence was covered by colleagues.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2016

The welfare of NHS staff is critically important with every health board required to have policies in place and to comply with national policies on managing health at work. The Scottish Government is actively addressing the sickness absence challenge.

Under this Government, the number of qualified Nurses and Midwives have increased by 5.2% to over 43,100 Whole Time Equivalent.

It is for health boards to plan and deliver clinical services and ensure that they have the correct staff in place to meet the needs of their services and ensure high quality patient care.

This level of sickness absence information is not held centrally. NHS National Services Scotland, Information Services Department collect and publish sickness absence data at a national and board level once a year:

https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2016-06-07/Sickness_Absence_M2016.xls