Con­cern as NHS staff sick­ness puts ab­sences at record high

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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.

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