June 26, 2005

THE SECULAR RATIONALIST WORK ETHIC:

Hospital nurses head public workers' sick list: Shock figures reveal level of absences costing the NHS £100m a year (Jo Revill, June 26, 2005, Observer)

Hospital nurses take far more days off sick than other public sector workers, leaving wards across Britain seriously understaffed.

A report out tomorrow from the Healthcare Commission, the NHS watchdog, reveals that on average nurses working on hospital wards take 16.8 days of sick leave each year.

But across seven other areas of the public sector workforce, including police and teachers, the average is 11.3 days a year - 48 per cent lower. Another survey, produced last month by the CBI, says the average rate across the public sector is 9.1 days, compared with 6.4 days per private sector employee.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2005 10:15 AM
Comments

Nurses, like elementary school teachers, are exposed to all manner of illness with mind-numbing frequency. Certainly, far more than househusbands. It is natural for them to take a disproportionate number of days off.

Posted by: bart at June 26, 2005 10:40 AM

The Wife never does, but she's American.

Posted by: oj at June 26, 2005 10:44 AM

Teachers build up cast-iron immune systems over the years; a new teacher is sick all the time.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 26, 2005 11:28 AM

Typical unionists.

Posted by: obc at June 26, 2005 11:30 AM
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