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Working Days Lost (Backache)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many days were lost at work due to backache for the latest year for which figures are available.

The information is not available in the form requested. However, for claims to sickness, invalidity and injury benefit in Great Britain in the year ending 31 May 1980, the number of days of certified incapacity for conditions of the back was 31·8 million. If the number of days of incapacity in respect of people whose incapacity lasted throughout the year are excluded, the figure is 22·6 million. The conditions included in these figures are those covered by the International Classification of Diseases—1975—Nos. 720 to 724 and 846 to 847.