Worst rate of absenteeism

Louth County Hospital has been highlighted as having the worst rate of absenteeism for a hospital of its kind in the country.

Louth County Hospital has been highlighted as having the worst rate of absenteeism for a hospital of its kind in the country.

New figures released this week show that the hospital had an absenteeism rate of one in five for support staff at the hospital.

The figures have also shown that as many as 10 out of every one of the 70 nurses were off sick on any given day, which represents approximately 14 per cent of the staff.

According to Healthstat’s coding system which uses red, amber and green marking systems, the hospital scored a red under absenteeism.

The survey found Louth County Hospital has the worst absenteeism rate among 32 hospitals evaluated, with rates at Cavan General Hospital and the Midland Regional Hospital at Portlaoise also in the bottom three.

Louth County Hospital is not alone for poor results.

Figures for the Midland Hospital, Portlaoise and Cavan all show poor rates of absenteeism.

HealthStat is a comprehensive databank of performance information from Irish public health services. It currently provides detailed monthly results from 29 teaching, regional and general hospitals and 32 Local Health Offices (LHOs) responsible for providing health and social care services in the community.

HealthStat works on the basis of measures - how a hospital or LHO is delivering services to patients, and targets - what we expect from a well performing service.