Statistics from the Information Centre for health and social care show that the sickness absence rates for healthcare assistants in England between October and December 2009 was 6.9%.
Eight staff groups are rated in the report with ambulance staff's rates the next highest at 6.5%, then nurses, midwives and health visitors at 5.6%. The lowest rates were for medical and dental staff (1.3%) and nursing, midwifery and health visitor learners (1.4%). The figures do not include GPs.
Ambulance trusts have the highest rates by seven organisation types (6.1%), with PCTs fourth on 4.7% and strategic health authorities the lowest on 2.2%.
Geographical rates are highest by strategic health authority area in the North East (5.2%) and lowest in London (3.9%).