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Stress

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many working days were lost by his Department due to stress-related illnesses in each of the last 24 months. (242087)

The MOD reports sickness absence figures over a 12 month period on a quarterly basis and does not report working days lost on a monthly basis. The MOD does not have a specific sickness absence code for stress. Stress falls within the mental and behavioural disorders ICD10 category, which includes anxiety, depression and stress. The following table shows the number of working days lost for Ministry of Defence civilian personnel1 which was attributed to the mental and behavioural disorders category for the 12 month period preceding each quarter point.

Total working days lost due to mental and behavioural disorders in the preceding 12 month period

Year ending

Industrial

Non-industrial

Total

30 June 2007

24,530

102,790

127,320

30 September 2007

25,510

102,990

128,500

31 December 2007

25,380

99,570

135,040

31 March 2008

22,720

94,100

116,820

30 June 2008

20,770

87,720

108,490

1 This includes all permanent and casual non-industrial and industrial civilian personnel, but excludes locally engaged civilian and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel for all periods and trading fund personnel prior to 1 January 2008.

Note:

From 1 January 2008, due to a change in definition personnel classed as on zero pay absences are excluded.