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Rise in number of hospital admissions for stress


The number of people admitted to hospital as a result of stress is on the rise, figures show.

Workers in particular are under too much emotional and mental pressure, new data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (Hscic) suggests.

The number of people treated in hospital for stress has risen by 7% in the last year.

There were 6,370 admissions for stress at hospitals in England between May 2011 and May 2012 - 410 more than the previous 12 months.

Admission rates were highest among working-aged people aged 18 to 60, the Hscic said.

The Mental Health Foundation said that the rising figures were “not surprising” at a time of economic uncertainty.

The north west had the highest admission rate for stress with 1,390 people given hospital treatment, while the South West had the lowest (350 people).

But in contrast the number of people admitted for anxiety - the feeling of mild or severe unease, such as worry or fear - fell by almost 3% in the same time frame.

Hscic chief executive Tim Straughan said: “It might be assumed that stress and anxiety are conditions that result in a journey to a GP consulting room rather than a hospital ward.

“However, our figures suggest thousands of cases a year arise where patients suffering from stress or anxiety become hospitalised in England.”



Readers' comments (2)

  • hey! wots new long hours, short of staff, pay freeze, whot more can nurses cope with . it is the staff

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  • hopefully they are being well looked after and receiving adequate treatment tailored to their needs.

    and Cameron still considers 'happiness' as the best health and economic indicator!

    It is difficult to avoid stress in this uncertain economic climate although the blame is always placed on the individual, maintaining that they are not capable of coping.

    it is like jobs. people are made redundant, jobs are cut so they have difficulty finding another, benefits are cut, pensions are reduced and age of retirement raised and then they are told to go out and find a job and made to feel guilty if they are unsuccessful!

    stress and depression vs success, prosperity and happiness!

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