HEALTHWORKERS in the North East have more sick days than any other part of the country.
New figures show that one million working days were lost by doctors, nurses, ambulance crews and other NHS staff in the region over the last year.
The average sickness rate across all North East health trusts was 4.5 per cent.
This compares to 4.1 per cent nationally and 3.5 per cent in London.
Workers in City Hospitals Sunderland lost an average of 4.1 per cent due to illness between January and March 2012.
County Durham Primary Care Trust was lower at just 3.5 per cent.
North East Ambulance Service, which employs around 6,000 people, had a sickness rate of 6.6 per cent.
Unions have blamed the problem on stress caused by increased pressure on workers.