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Mental Health

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff retired on medical grounds due to mental health problems in the last year. [111963]

Records are not maintained by the Department of Health which enable ill health retirements to be separately identified as mental health related. For the Department of Health, the number of staff retired with a medical retirement certificate issued by the Civil Service pension scheme medical adviser for the period 1 April 2002–30 April 2003 was four.As to the matter of costs, expenditure for medical retirement is not met by the employing departments, but centrally funded from the Civil Superannuation Vote.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his staff have taken sick leave due to mental health problems in the last year. [111984]

The Department does not currently gather information in the form requested.