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Sixty seconds on . . . sickies

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 08 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6444
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

I don’t feel too good

That may be so, but new figures from the Office for National Statistics1 (ONS) show that in the UK, sickness absence among normally healthy employees fell to 1.1% last year, the lowest rate since records began and down from 2.2% in 1997.

That’s a lot fewer sick days

Indeed. In 2018, the figures show that UK residents took 141.4 million days off work because of sickness or injury—equivalent to 4.4 days per worker. …

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