New Health Service Executive (HSE) figures have revealed double-digit rates of absenteeism in units within a number of hospitals around the country.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, for example, 19 per cent of patient and client care staff - including nurses' aids, healthcare assistants and medical technicians - were out on sick leave in January.
The sick leave rate among this 70-strong staff category at the hospital has been consistently high...
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