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HANTS PROBES STRESS LOSSES

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Hampshire CC has set up a working group to combat a steep rise in stress-related illness. ...
Hampshire CC has set up a working group to combat a steep rise in stress-related illness.

The number of working days lost to stress has doubled in four years, a council report shows. In 1993-94, stress caused 7.24% of 105,813 sick days. Last year the proportion had increased to 13.7% of 123,026 total sick days.

Local government reorganisation, job losses and change within the council were highlighted as contributing factors.

Chief personnel officer Rita Sammons said the increase could be partly explained by a greater willingness among staff to admit to stress.

'There is a general perception that it is more acceptable to give conditions such as anxiety or stress on medical certificates where a different cause might have been previously stated,' she said.
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