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Ministry of Defence: Sick Leave

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

For Ministry of Defence (MOD) Civilians, the number of working days lost due to mental illness in the last three years is set out in the table below:

Year Period

Number of Working Days Lost (See Note)

1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016


1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015


1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014


Note: Data regarding the number of days lost is derived from sick absences recorded on the Human Resources Management System under the absence code description “Anxiety, depression, stress”.

MOD Civilian Sickness Absence data has been published on the GOV.UK website since January 2016 and the latest available edition can be found at .

Data relating to the number of working days lost due to mental illness for Armed Forces personnel is not held.

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