WORKFORCE: Staff sickness costs at Heatherwood and Wexham Park amounted to £4.2m in between June and December 2010, according to board minutes.

The foundation trust’s board minutes for February said: “The chairman noted that the total working days lost to sickness between June-December 2010 amounted to a cost of circa £4.2m, a considerable financial impact.”

He added: “The director of HR agreed and said that sickness management now had a higher profile around the trust and would continue to be reported in such a way to allow all staff to understand the importance of this area being addressed satisfactorily.”