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Letters Sickness absence

Interpreting sickness absence rates of NHS employees

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 05 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4062
  1. Philip A Wynn, senior occupational health physician1
  1. 1Durham County Council, Durham DH1 4LS
  1. philip.wynn{at}

    The recent NHS Health and Wellbeing review discusses ways to improve the health of NHS employees.1 However, the associated media reports have focused on the apparently greater rate of sickness absence among NHS and other public sector employees compared with those in the private …

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