NHS staff in Scotland have taken more than 5,000 years’ worth of sick leave since 2016, according to damning new figures. Data obtained by the Liberal Democrats under freedom of information laws show the country’s beleaguered health boards lost just over 45 million hours to staff illness over the period. The annual total soared by nearly a fifth, from 11.6 million hours in 2016 to 13.7 million hours in 2018 amid rising concern over a string of missed key waiting times targets. This included a dramatic 71.6 percent rise at Scotland’s largest health board – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Annual absences in the area increased from 2.4 million hours to 4.1 million hours in just two years. Twelve of the 14 boards cited “anxiety, stress, depression, other psychiatric illness” as the most common cause of absenteeism.
Sometimes I weary of correcting their stupidity and mendacity but, you won’t be surprised to hear that they haven’t told their needy readers about what really matters to them – performance:
As winter bites NHS Scotland A&E is still massive 13%* better even though NHS England fiddles the figures!
You are MORE THAN TWICE as likely to spend more than 12 hours waiting in A&E in NHS England than in NHS Scotland
NHS Scotland beats drug and alcohol treatment target for three years and Reporting Scotland ignores it for the same period
NHS England urged to follow Scotland’s more inclusive bowel screening and save thousands of lives but it’s not newsworthy here
Jeanne Freeman demolishes Miles Briggs by revealing that NHS England is short of 25 times as many beds as NHS Scotland is
Are there fewer crime assaults against NHS Scotland staff because they’re more effective and better staffed?
Reporting Scotland Up reveals Scotland’s hospitals cleanest in UK as Norovirus reports halve here but double there
As for the 13.7 million hours taken off sick, that’s an average of 84 for each of the 163 000 staff or 11.2 days per year. These people work in places where you are daily exposed to infection and where you often witness extreme trauma. I’d like to see how Willie Rennie or Liam McArthur or Alex Cole-Hamilton would cope in those circumstances.