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HSE report reveals huge absenteeism

New HSE figures show double-digit sick leave in some hospital units, while 9% of total staff were absent in one hospital in January, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

7th April, 2012

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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