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Department of Health: Sick Leave

Department of Health written question – answered on 14th March 2016.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of officials in his Department took sick leave for reasons relating to stress in each of the last five years; and what proportion of total sick leave such sick leave was in each such year.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department does not record working days lost that can be specifically attributed to stress-related conditions. We do record the number of working days lost covered by the broader absence reason “Mental Health” which includes depression, anxiety and stress related problems. Information is recorded for sickness absence as "days lost" not in terms of numbers of individual staff (headcount) on sickness absence. The table below presents the relevant information we do hold for the calendar years requested.

Year

Days lost due to mental health absence (total days lost 12 month period)

Proportion of staff who had sick leave (all sickness)

Mental health absences as a proportion of total Absence

2011

1457.9

44%

15%

2012

1932.8

42%

22%

2013

1510.9

40%

17%

2014

2153.2

42%

24%

2015

2193.9

41%

28%

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