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Department for Transport: Sick Leave

Department for Transport 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 Transport, how many working days were lost due to mental illness in his Department in each of the last three years.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Stress is the biggest contributor to the category of ‘mental health’ illness. Whilst it affects relatively few members of staff compared to other categories for sickness absence, by its nature a significant number of working days can be lost by those with mental health illness.

The Department for Transport and its agencies have lost the following number of working days due to mental health illness in the last three financial years:

2013/14 – 27908

2014/15 – 32946

2015/16 – 28895

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