More than a quarter feel stressed at work all or most of the time
One in five British employees (19.6%) have taken time off work due to stress, a survey shows.
Factors such as unrealistic deadlines, pressure from above and lack of support are cited as the biggest culprits in causing stress.
More than a quarter of workers [...]
Health tourists are ‘leapfrogging’ legitimate NHS patients awaiting surgery
Cancer surgery for legitimate NHS patients is being cancelled to make way for health tourists, it has been claimed.
Under NHS rules any patient urgently referred by a GP for cancer surgery must receive treatment within 62 days, but health tourists about to breach [...]
Condition has devastating impact on sufferers’ quality of life and ability to work
One in four people who suffer from back pain have also suffered from depression, according to figures published this week.
A study of 2,000 people carried out for Friends Life shows the devastating impact that back pain can have on [...]
Lower sick pay just one factor behind surprise figures
Workers in the UK are far less likely to call in sick than those in other European countries, an academic study has found.
Delegates at the British Sociological Association’s conference on work, employment and society in Warwick heard that in 2004 around 17% of [...]
‘Stark’ variation in levels of support available
GPs across almost a third of England have no access at all to occupational health (OH) services, while the support available elsewhere varies ‘starkly’, it has been claimed.
Information collected as part of an internal review by NHS England, obtained by doctors’ magazine Pulse [...]
Researchers say £300m programme doing more harm than good
‘MOT’-style health checks offered to millions of over 40s and paid for by the NHS are a waste of money and could do more harm than good, experts have warned.
The routine checks – adopted by the health service in 2009 – are [...]
More employees call in sick during hot weather, suggests survey
Employers have reported a spike in absence rates during the recent hot weather, according to research by intermediary firm PMI Health Group.
The study found that 30% of companies say they have seen more staff call in sick since the start of the [...]
People who go to work on foot 40% less likely to have the disease
Walking to work each day could cut an individual’s chances of developing diabetes, a new study suggests.
Researchers found people who go to work on foot are 40% less likely to have the disease than those who drive.
Academics at Imperial College [...]
Patients on 36 hospital wards in England would not recommend them to loved ones, the first set of data from the NHS friends and family test reveals today.
The test – which the NHS claims will drive up choice and quality by improving transparency – was introduced in April and asks patients [...]