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Mental health sick days for NHS staff surge – and cost more than £460m in a year

“Illness, ongoing strikes and staff shortages are leaving workers exhausted’ warns Alun Baker CEO of GoodShape

Rebecca Thomas
Health Correspondent
Wednesday 08 February 2023 17:37 GMT
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Mental health sick days cost the NHS almost half a billion pounds as staff anxiety and stress levels haved skyrocketed.

Costs have almost doubled compared to before the pandemic from £279 million to £468 million.

It comes as the NHS faced its biggest-ever strike action this week as both nurses and ambulance workers on picket lines on Monday.

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