NHS bosses are off with stress more often than doctors as a third of absences involving senior managers are stress-related, figures reveal
- Collectively 2,500 NHS managers took 10,237 days off due to health problems
- Some 3,125 days were due to ‘anxiety, stress or other psychiatric illnesses’
A third of workplace absences involving very senior NHS managers are stress-related, official figures show.
There are about 2,500 of these managers across England – who help run hospitals, mental health trusts and the NHS bureaucracy – and earn £500 to £1,000 a day.
Figures from NHS Digital, the health service’s data hub, show that collectively they took 10,237 days off due to health problems in the year to the end of June 2022.
Some 3,125 days – more than 30 per cent – were due to ‘anxiety, stress or other psychiatric illnesses’, which cost the NHS about £2 million.
A third of workplace absences involving very senior NHS managers are stress-related. File image
In contrast, among the most junior doctors just 13 per cent of days lost to ill heath were caused by anxiety or stress.
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘With the NHS in crisis, senior management sick days are compounding the costs and disruption.’
The NHS managers’ union Managers in Partnership was contacted for comment.