Musculoskeletal Disorders

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of days which have been lost nationally in the workplace due to poor musculoskeletal health in each year for which information is available.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In 2016, there were 30.8 million working days lost due to musculoskeletal problems (including back pain, neck and upper limb problems). This represents just over a fifth (22.4%) of all working days lost in that year.

The following table presents Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures for the number of days lost through sickness absence as a result of musculoskeletal problems, for all people in employment in the United Kingdom aged 16 and over from 2009 - 2016. A day is defined as 7.5 hours.

Year

Total days lost (millions)

2009

39.3

2010

39.4

2011

35.4

2012

33.8

2013

30.6

2014

35.6

2015

32.8

2016

30.8

Source: Sickness absence in the labour market; ONS March 2017

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/labourproductivity/articles/sicknessabsenceinthelabourmarket/2016#toc

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