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NHS sick days cost taxpayer £1.7bn a year

24th November 2009

A study by an occupational health expert has found that the average NHS staff member takes 10.7 sick days annually, at a cost of more than £1.7 billion.

Sickness in the health service was higher than the public sector average of 9.7 days a year and nearly twice the private sector average of 6.4 days. Dr Steve Boorman, who wrote the report, said health checks and healthy eating advice could decrease the amount of sick days by one third and save £555 million a year.

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