Thursday 28 January 2021 / 1:42 PM Rosena Allin-Khan

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan reacts to new statistics on NHS staff mental health sick days

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan reacts to new statistics on NHS staff mental health sick days

 

Official NHS figures released today have revealed that over three million sick days taken by NHS staff in England were lost to mental ill health since the start of the pandemic.

 

The newly released figures showing staff absence rates during September 2020, take the number of sick days lost due to mental ill health since March to 3,281,880. Absence due to mental ill health, is consistently the most reported reason for sickness absence.

 

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Mental Health Minister, said:

 

“Frontline NHS staff have been doing an incredible job throughout this pandemic, but the added pressure this virus brings has had a profound impact on their psychological wellbeing.

 

“The level of death our workforce has had to experience is unimaginable.

 

“Without access to tailored mental health support, staff mental health will continue to suffer. The Government refused to meet to discuss Labour’s ‘Care for Carers’ package of support for all health and care staff. The offer is still open should the Government wish to extend mental health support to all carers and support staff.”