Thursday, August 20, 2009

Stress and sick leave in the NHS

A major report into the health and wellbeing of staff working in the NHS has warned that staff are suffering from high levels of mental distress due to work stress, bullying and harrassment. A survey carried out as part of the report found that half of its respondents were 'more stressed than usual' and around a third said that they did not believe that the NHS took a positive interest in employees' health and well-being. NHS staff took an average of 10.7 days sick in a year compared to 9.7 days in the rest of the public sector and 6.4 in the private. Absence rates were higher in mental-health trusts (5.2%) than in the rest of the NHS (4.5%).

You can download the full text of the interim report at


Guest said...

Temporary workers-those lacking long-term, stable employment-seem to be susceptible to declining mental health for as long as they continue to work in these so-called ''disposable'' or ''second class'' jobs.

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Guest said...

Yes I couldn't agree more. I don't think it's any coincidence that more 'collectivist' countries where individualism is less rampant and social protection is stronger tend to have lower rates of mental illness.
Best Wishes,
John Gale,
Mental Health Update

Anna Levand said...

Could you please decrypt NHS?


John Gale said...

Sorry Anna. NHS = National Health Service, the UK's state-funded healthcare system.
Best Wishes,