The Health and Work Service launching this autumn
Part of the cross-government Health, Work and Wellbeing initiative, the ‘Health and Work Service’ will provide occupational health advice and support for employers and employees. It is set to launch in October.
Employers currently face an annual bill of around £9bn in sick pay and associated costs. Nearly a million employees each year are absent from work for a period of at least four weeks at a time, and around 300,000 people a year will end up falling out of work because of a health condition. To address these issues, in early 2011 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) requested an independent review to assess the sickness absence system and make recommendations for change.
The report by Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE was published in November 2011. Following consultation, the government published its response in January 2013, setting out among other things its plans for the new assessment service…
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