Nurses

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 27th April 2011.

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Photo of Pamela Nash Pamela Nash Labour, Airdrie and Shotts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether staff in his Department and the public bodies for which it is responsible have direct access to nurse-based medical advice as part of his Department's absence management policy.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Managers employed by the Department for Work and Pensions and public bodies for which it is responsible may, when necessary, refer employees to a nurse-based occupational health service. This service is delivered predominantly by telephone and provides advice about reducing the adverse effects of a health condition on the employee's work performance or about helping the employee quickly to return to work from sick leave.

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