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Hospital Staff's Sick Days High Because Of 'Work-Related' Stress

Monday December 9 2013

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

THE average number of sick days taken by staff at Barnsley Hospital has risen by 60 per cent in two years - partly because of stress.

Figure show the number has risen from an average of ten days per year, to 16 days per year.

Hilary Brearley, director of human resources and organisational development for Barnsley Hospital, said sickness levels had risen mainly because of 'increased levels of work-related stress and an increase in musculoskeletal problems' which can affect muscles and joints.

She added: "Our sickness levels are higher than we would want them to be and we're working hard to reduce them.

"We're taking action to help staff with stress. For example in January we're providing training for staff on resilience and how to cope better with work pressures, and we have also introduced in-house counselling for staff who need it.

"We have also introduced an in-house physiotherapy service for staff with musculoskeletal problems such as back pain."

She said there had been discussions about whether or not to pay staff for the first few sick days, and although it was decided not to implement this action now, it may be looked at in the future.

A new sickness policy had been launched aimed at helping to give staff more support to get back to work sooner and helping managers to monitor and manage sick leave more closely.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Monday December 9 2013 at 16:25
Wait till the nurses have to work till they're 69, you'll see some musculature problems then !

Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 06:56
They should put staff bk into hospitals n not have made them redundant, everyone in life needs to go to hospital,

Reply Posted by bring back matrons in white hats on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 17:42
Scrap the paper work, bring back bed side manners and a smile happier patients equals better recovery. Hospitals are so solitary now last time I was in bdgh a patient with sight issues only wanted a commode but ended up with bed change, wash and clothing changed and she apologised! If they weren't behind a desk this would have not happened a 40 minute bus, 20 minute 2 manned staff clean up operation for the sake of 5 minutes. Nurses don't smile anymore patients are just that bring it old school!!!

Reply Posted by Andrew T on Saturday December 14 2013 at 14:10
Stop sick pay, and that will cure 90% of the time off................. Sad fact!!

Reply Posted by dave on Saturday December 14 2013 at 15:16
Im self employed, i dont have sick days as i dont get paid? I agree with Andrew T.

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