Mental health sickness absence rose by more than 80% at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust during first covid wave

Staff absence due to stress, anxiety and other mental health-related problems rose by more than 80% at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust during the first coronavirus wave, figures show.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 12:15 pm
Mental health charity Mind said it is “worrying but not surprising” that mental health sick days among NHS staff increased across England when the crisis hit, as many frontline workers were forced to spend time isolated from their families. Photo: PA Images

Mental health charity Mind said it is “worrying but not surprising” that mental health sick days among NHS staff increased across England when the crisis hit, as many frontline workers were forced to spend time isolated from their families.

NHS Digital data shows the equivalent of 29,699 full-time staff days were lost due to sickness at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust between April and June. Of these, 8,218 (28%) were because of stress, anxiety, depression, or other psychiatric illnesses.

Meanwhile, the data 39,669 full-time staff days were also lost due to sickness at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

An NHS spokesperson said: “NHS staff have worked tirelessly to protect the health of the nation throughout this pandemic and it is vital that they are looked after too, which is why the NHS is investing an extra £15 million to expand and strengthen mental health support services available to staff.”