Concern as NHS staff sickness puts absences at record high
crease awareness of the range of emotional health support services available to staff and the health board is actively involved with the National ‘Time to Change Wales’ campaign aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination related to mental health in the workplace.
“Recruitment and retention of staff is also very important, as having the right number of staff in permanent posts improves everyone’s experience in the workplace and reduces pressure on our workforce as a whole. As well as the ongoing work we are doing to recruit to vacancies, we are improving our exit surveys to better understand why people leave so we can take action to encourage more staff to stay with us.”
A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “This winter we have seen high flu rates and extreme weather conditions across Wales, which have had an impact on NHS staff sickness rates.
“Up until this winter we had seen an improvement in sickness rates across the NHS in Wales. We take the health and wellbeing of staff very seriously and support the NHS in Wales to help staff and reduce sickness rates.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service has been contacted for a comment.