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Nurses behind only admin staff for work-related ill-health

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Only public sector administration staff report higher levels of work-related ill-health than health and social care workers, according to latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive.

The proportion of health and social work staff who said their ill-health was work-related in 2007-2008 was 4.9%, according to the data published earlier this month by the executive. Public administration staff had rate of work-related ill-health at 5.7% – in all other sectors it was lower.

Kim Sunley, senior employment officer at the Royal College of Nursing, said: ‘These figures reflect health workers exposure to potential occupational hazards like work-related stress, violence, bullying and harassment and back injuries.

‘There are some good employers taking these issues seriously, but there are a number who are not doing enough to tackle work-related stress,’ she added.

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