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Departmental Sick Leave

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Department's staff took more than (a) five, (b) 10, (c) 15, (d) 20, (e) 25, (f) 30, (g) 35 and (h) 40 days leave due to stress in each of the last five years, broken down by pay grade. (198971)

The Department does not record sickness absence due to stress, but uses a broader category of ‘mental health, including depression, anxiety and potential stress-related problems’. For the calendar year 2007, the figures for this broader category were:

Cases of leave for mental health reasons

More than:

Grade

5 days

10 days

15 days

20 days

25 days

30 days

35 days

40 days

Senior civil service

2

1

Grade 6

1

1

Grade 7

1

1

1

1

5

Senior executive officer

1

2

3

3

Higher executive officer

2

2

2

2

1

Executive officer

2

1

1

3

1

2

7

Administrative officer

1

2

1

2

Figures for previous years are not available.