Physiotherapy and counselling for NHS staff in drive to cut sickness rates

In the Mail 2nd September 2015 (Press Association) the headline reads: Physiotherapy and counselling for NHS staff in drive to cut sickness rates.

The whole idea that health service staff have more absenteeism than any other organisation is anathema, and reveals the depth of the disengagement. The doctors used to have the lowest rate of absenteeism, but the cultural changes associated with low morale, bullying and disengagement mean they are rapidly catching up with the rest of the staff. (Nurses, managers and other paramedics). Once the service is founded on a rock rather than sand, and openly talks about rationing then the culture will begin to change..

NHS staff are to be offered physiotherapy, counselling and Zumba classes as part of a drive to cut absence rates.

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, will say creating healthy workplaces is “no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-do”.
He will use a speech to announce a raft of measures aimed at cutting the NHS bill for staff sickness, which stands at £2.4 billion a year.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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