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High sickness rate at Suffolk County Council is down to stress

Babergh District Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich (2227823)
Babergh District Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich (2227823)

A workforce slashed to half has led to unprecedented high levels of stress and sickness among Suffolk County Council staff.

Nearly half of those reporting sick because of stress was down to work related problems with the highest rate at 12.7 per cent from Suffolk Fire and Rescue service.

The figures were brought before last week’s Scrutiny meeting and revealed that 55.014 days were lost last year, five per cent of all available working days. Stress related mental health was the top reason - 11.3 per cent of all sickness, while anxiety accounted for 6.9 per cent and depression five per cent.

Sally Marlow, head of human resources, said: “The absence rate is too high and has been increasing in recent years.

“They range from a recent increase in workload as the workforce has reduced by 50 per cent.”

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