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Mental illness is the biggest reason for staff missing work in the NHS in Wales.
That’s according to a freedom of information request by the Welsh Conservatives.
According to the figures obtained from the seven NHS Boards in Wales staff, staff at Cardiff and the Vale have missed the highest number of working days in Wales as a result of mental health issues.
The Shadow Health Minister, Angela Burns AM, says, “To our horror, we found it was mental health reasons that were coming out top as the reason why people were taking long and short term absences from work. The work is very tiring, very taxing, and very physically demanding. There’s a huge amount of pressure. The results point to a lack of support to help staff through these crises.”
Cardiff and Vale Action for Mental Health says mental health problems affect one in four adults in the UK. It says mental illness can affect people in any career.
A Welsh Government spokesperson says, “NHS Wales is taking action to support staff and reduce sickness rates. This includes promoting the health and well-being of staff and providing staff with practical support to remain in work, or to return to work following an illness.”
My mum has a new plan, inspired by the film 50 First Dates, to explain to my Granddad what has happened in his past and what is going on now, due to his short term memory loss. He doesn’t remember spending seven weeks over summer in hospital, he doesn’t remember that he’s wearing a catheter and that carers visit his home four times a day and he doesn’t remember taking his antibiotics, so he took two extras overnight.
Interestingly, my Granddad still has a pretty good long term memory and was telling my mum and about his school and university and showed us a column that he wrote when he first moved to America. He was published in a local paper every week under the headline ‘An Englishman’s Impressions of US.’ He used to cut out these snippets and post them to his mother, who then wrote the date on the top of each one.
I didn’t meet my mum’s father until I was a teenager. He lived in New York with his second wife and we wrote letters to each other, until she passed away and he decided to move to Wales to be near the rest of his family. He’s not one for small talk, but that doesn’t mean that he has nothing to say anymore. He loves discussing science, religion, meditation and other things like that.