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Three HSE staff dismissed over "very poor attendance records"

More than 100 staff have also had their sick leave scheme suspended in the last six months.

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THE HSE WEST has confirmed that three staff have been dismissed in the last twelve months due to “very poor attendance records”.

According to figures from HSE West, 104 staff have also had their sick leave scheme suspended and ten cases have moved in disciplinary process in the last six months.

A task force was established this year in an attempt to tackle absenteeism and HSE West said it has seen some examples of improved work attendance.

For the period January 2012 to June 2012, its percentage of absenteeism rate has dropped to 5.1 per cent, a 9 per cent reduction.

As part of the new plan, 786 managers have been trained, coached and supported in relation to managing absence and 5,921 return to work discussions had been held.

A further 412 return to work reviews have been held during that period to discuss concerns about absence trends.

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In a statement, the HSE said: “It is envisaged that attendance will improve over time across HSE West as the activities of the Task Force Group are translated into practice.”

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