NHS Staff

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 10th February 2011.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

Question S3W-39040

To ask the Scottish Executive how many staff in NHS National Services Scotland are absent on sick leave due to work-related stress and how many have been absent for this reason in each year since 2007-08.

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) do not collate and categorise sickness absence figures into those relating to purely "work-related" stress. NSS do however collate sickness absence figures for employees absent for the following reasons - anxiety, stress, depression, other psychological illness. The figures provided below represent the number of NSS employees absent from work due to those reasons:

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2007-0867
2008-09143
2009-10189
2010-11(to date) 109

NHS NSS have indicated that the increase in recorded cases is due to improved reason for absence recording rather than an upward trend in actual cases. It is also important to note that the 2007-08 figure relates to stress only.

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