Health now on the Governments Agenda
- Date: Monday 30th January 2017
Each year more than 23.5 million working days are lost due to ill-health, compared to 4.7 million days due to injuries. In 2015 / 16 the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in the UK was 488,000. This equated to 11.7 million days and an average of 23.9 days lost per case.
As the demographics of our society are changing, employers and government are having to manage an ageing population, and there are huge incentives to help people remain economically active (and away from hospitals and social care) for as long as possible.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has recently pledged to improve mental health services in UK workplaces and has announced plans to overhaul mental health care in the UK, saying "there's not enough help to hand" for anyone experiencing problems.
Dr. Michael Cash, Director at SSG commented - 'Many smaller employers find 'health and well being' very challenging to manage, with their main workplace focus being the prevention of 'physical' injuries. Although recent HSE initiatives seek to raise 'health' higher on the agenda these recent pledges can only help increase awareness of such an important area of risk management.'
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