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One in three absences due to anxiety and stress

27th June 2013
A study examining 58,700 individual GPs' sick notes between October 2011 and January 2013 found that 35% were given for "mild to moderate mental health disorders", such as depression, anxiety and stress.  

The study also found that there was variation in the use of fit notes. The highest rates of fit notes being issued for mild-to-moderate mental health disorders were found in practices in more socially deprived areas.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "Sickness absence is a burden to business, to the taxpayer and to the thousands of people who end up trapped on benefits when they could actually work.

"Supporting people with mental health problems to return to work more quickly will be an important part of the new independent health and work advisory service we are bringing in, which will save employers up to £160m a year in Statutory Sick Pay.”

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