WORKFORCE: NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group achieved an average sickness absence rate of 2.77 per cent during March.

This compares to rates of 1.31 per cent for Medway CCG and 1.53 per cent for Canterbury and Coastal CCG, according to latest available data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Meanwhile, NHS Surrey achieved an average sickness absence rate of 3.56 per cent during its last three months of existence.