NURSE managers are now calling in individual staff to talk to them about absenteeism, said Dr James Reilly.
The Health Minister was commenting after it emerged that some areas of the HSE have absenteeism rates of more than 10pc. He described that level of sick leave as untenable but said that some other areas had "excellent" staff turnout.
He singled out St James's Hospital in Dublin for having low absenteeism and insisted that if it can be achieved in one area it should be possible in all of them.
Referring to managers bringing in nurses one by one to talk to them about absenteeism, Dr Reilly said: "That kind of attention to detail should be there across the country."