Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ambulance Staff Take Thousands of Days off with Stress

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ambulance Staff Take Thousands of Days off with Stress

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stress accounted for almost a fifth MICHAEL GOODIER of sick days among ambulance staff in the north west last year.

New figures released by NHS Digital show that paramedics in our region took a total of 6,628 days off because of anxiety, stress, depression and other stress-related illnesses between July 2017 and June 2018.

That accounted for 19.5 per cent of the total of 33,958 days lost for all reasons. Separate workforce figures show there are a total of 3,262 full-time or equivalent staff at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

It suggests each full-time paramedic is losing an average of two days a year to stress.

Across England, stress-related sickness was responsible for 21pc of all paramedic absences over the period.

That means paramedics in the north west were less likely to suffer from stress than the rest of the country, on average. …

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