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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

HR Magazine British adults out of work due to health problems is costing the economy £100 billion

The number of adults in Britain who are unable to work because of health problems has more than tripled since the 1970's at an estimated annual cost to the economy of more than £100 billion, a report published by campaigning think tank 2020 health has revealed.

Julia Manning, CEO of 2020health said: "It is in the interest of employers who are liable for sick pay, to ensure that their employees are well supported if they become ill. Much illness is compatible with work, even if adjustments have to be made to working conditions.
"Our report shows that when employers put systems in place to support people staying in work, sickness absence goes down."

Manning added: "Employers should be encouraged by government to do this. Employees who know they will be well supported in sickness and in health will ultimately be happier and more productive."