Health Professions: Sick Leave

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many days (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) other health service staff have taken off work for mental health reasons in each year since 2015.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The following table shows National Health Service sickness absence statistics in annual full time equivalent (FTE) days lost due to mental health related reasons, by staff groups, in the NHS in England, March to February each year, 2015 to 2020.

The sickness absence rate has been provided to account for the increases in the number of doctors, nurses and other staff.

Mental health related absence includes anxiety/stress/depression, other psychiatric illnesses, psychological, stress and other mental disorders.

Doctors

March 2015 -February 2016

March 2016 -February 2017

March 2017 -February 2018

March 2018 -February 2019

March 2019 -February 2020

FTE days lost due to mental health related reasons

89,218

91,188

102,190

120,074

136,771

Sickness absence rate for mental health related absence as a percentage of FTE days available

0.2%

0.2%

0.3%

0.3%

0.3%

Other Staff

March 2015 -February 2016

March 2016 -February 2017

March 2017 -February 2018

March 2018 -February 2019

March 2019 -February 2020

FTE days lost due to mental health related reasons

2,188,226

2,347,086

2,571,263

2,902,457

3,382,200

Sickness absence rate for mental health related absence as a percentage of FTE days available

0.9%

0.9%

1.0%

1.1%

1.2%

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