February 21, 2019

** Two UK ambulance services see mental health absence days skyrocket


** Yorkshire and Lincolnshire paramedics are apparently increasingly requiring leave to deal with mental health problems. That is the word from ITV News (November 1) which said new stats reveal such leave requests have risen by 40 per cent since 2014. According to the news site, 2016 absences in Yorkshire and East Midlands sat at 617 compared to 433 in 2014/15. In East Midlands, in particular mental health sick days jumped by 80 per cent during the 3 years. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression accounted for most of the complaints. Violence being directed at paramedics appears to be fueling the trend.


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