NHS employee sickness reaches record levels in England.

A record number of NHS employees are currently absent from work due to mental health issues.

According to official data, about one-fourth of the NHS employee absences at all-time high levels are due to mental health.

As the absence rate has increased 29% since before the epidemic, the equivalent of 75,000 employees are lost to illness.

As the absence rate has increased 29% since before the epidemic, the equivalent of 75,000 employees are lost to illness. There are record-high levels of employee sickness in the English NHS. An absence rate of 5.6%, or the percentage of days missed, was recorded in 2022, which means the NHS lost the equivalent of approximately 75,000 employees to illness.

According to the report, mental health difficulties were the number one problem, with colds, coughs, respiratory troubles, and the resurgence of the flu following the pandemic accounting for further significant increases.

The health service is coping with a challenging new normal when it comes to employee sick leave, according to Dr. Billy Palmer, senior fellow at the Nuffield Trust, who spoke to the BBC.

“Recruitment has gotten a lot of focus, but we need to do more to improve working conditions for present employees and prevent illness.”

If the service is to end this cycle of employee absences, sickness, and leaving rates, the workforce strategy needs to provide concrete support to enable employers to improve NHS staff experience.

A few days prior, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak praised his NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, describing it as the “largest expansion in training and workforce.”

We’re going to do something no government has ever done, he declared on the Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg programme of the BBC.

Making sure that the NHS has a long-term workforce plan will be one of the most important announcements in its history. This will allow us to hire the doctors, nurses, and general practitioners that we need to offer the care that we all require, not only today but for years to come.

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