Diary: Hit or Miss... Civil-service sickies

Despite a Government target to slash absenteeism, civil servants took an average ten sick days off last year, with a total cost to the taxpayer of almost £400m, according to a Cabinet Office report.

The Independent headlined its story 'They don't like Mondays' after it was found to be the day people were most likely to remain sub-duvet. With unions claiming the rise in sick leave was due to increased workloads and stress, the media coverage hardly portrayed the civil service in the best of lights.

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