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Sick Social Workers
November 28, 2009 permalink
Social workers in Liverpool England accumulated 78 man-years of sick leave in just nine months. This story shows that social workers are very sick.
Updated 11:09am 15 November 2009:
Liverpool social workers took 78 years off sick in just nine months
Nov 9 2009 by Gary Stewart, Liverpool Echo
SOCIAL services workers in Liverpool took a total of 78 years off work sick in just the first nine months of 2009.
Staff sickness totalled 28,727 days off between January and September, according to a Freedom of Information request submitted to Liverpool council.
That was 12.7 days per staff member in the department.
If the trends continue, staff will hit 17 days off each by Christmas, compared with the national average of just 6.4 days per private sector employee and 9.7 days for those in the public sector.
A council spokes-man said: “Social work is an extremely demanding, high pressure and challenging job.
“We are working hard to support our staff and launched special drop-in clinics where any employee can get advice.”
Source: Liverpool Echo