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The big question: how can staff sickness rates be reduced in the NHS?

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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy recently found one third of NHS trusts are “wasting money” on staff sick pay.

The society’s report, Fit Enough for Patients, revealed that NHS trusts in England spent more than £1bn on sick pay in the past three years.

It said that too many trusts in England are failing to implement key recommendations made in 2009 to reduce staff sickness absence.

A spokeswoman said that the figures show that many trusts have failed to act on recommendations in the government-backed Boorman Review, which said the NHS could save £555m a year by introducing effective health and wellbeing strategies.

What action should trusts take to reduce sickness absence?

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  • I feel trusts should be much more proactive at encouraging staff to lead healthy lifestyles. Our trust has subsidised gym membership but this is not promoted in any way. The trust should look to improve the health of its employees by diet and exercise, which will reduce stress in the workplace, leading to less sickness. The staff canteen is overpriced and has greater emphasis on attracting visitors and relatives to use it rather than staff.

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