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Temporary staff take most sick leave

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Workloads and sickness absence in wards employing temporary staff are greater than in units with permanent staff only, according to researchers from Nottinghamshire and Leeds.

The researchers compared work activity, cost and quality of care in 368 wards employing only permanent staff during data collection and 237 with both permanent and temporary staff at the time when the observations were made.

They suggest the results “justified hiring short-term staff” instead of filling gaps with changing agency or bank workers.

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