NHS workers in Sunderland among healthiest in North East

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NHS workers in Sunderland are among the healthiest in the region.

The latest figures released for NHS sickness absence rates for the month of January show that 5.16 per cent of workers at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust were off work.

This is lower than the North East average of 5.43 per cent – but it is still above the England average of 4.7 per cent.

However, there has been a drop in sickness rates for the trust, which runs Sunderland Royal Hospital and Sunderland Eye infirmary, when compared to January 2014, which then had a rate of 5.4 per cent.

The healthiest month for Wearside’s NHS workers, according to the figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HASCIC), was in April 2014, when the absence rate dropped to 4.20 per cent, while the worst month was November 2014 when numbers soared to 5.52 per cent.

The best performing trust within the region was Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which, for January, had an absence rate of 4.65 per cent.

While the sickest was Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which had a rate of 6.89 per cent.

Nearby South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s rate, which came in as the second highest, was 6.86 per cent.

While North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has an absence rate of 5.27 per cent.

The absence rate is calculated by dividing the sum total sickness absence days (including non-working days) by the sum total of days available per month.

The trust was unable to comment.