HSE needs to tackle its soaring sick-leave figures
ANY good doctor will tell you that his or her surgery workload is light on fine, sunny, summer days. The human condition is such that in these climes we can often put illness on hold to enjoy scarce fine weather.
A scan of new Health Service Executive absentee statistics for 'our golden summer of 2013' suggests that the opposite principle may well apply for those who work to help the sick.
Sick-leave figures soared across the health service during one of our best summers on record. In the administrative offices for Dublin and Midlands hospitals, sick-leave numbers were up about one-third in August.