The NHS Partners findings neatly sidestep the probability of false sickness absenteeism, or 'pulling a sickie', being a component of the 4.6 per cent absenteeism figure ( click here to read the full story).
Vocational employment sickie rates tend to be lower than within other employment and this factor is a probable component of the staggering 435 per cent difference in the report's quoted absenteeism figures between the medical and dental group (1.7 per cent) and the unqualified staff sector (7.4 per cent).
The sickie problem is not just NHS based. I recently presented ABSENCECall, a now proven solution to 'sickies', to a prominent HR director of a sizeable local authority. He dismissed it out of fear the staff would complain that using a service which could identify such fraud would be unacceptable and a betrayal of the trust that existed between workers and management.