Speaking at the launch of British Heart Foundation's Well at Work Conference in London yesterday, health secretary Alan Johnson said: ‘Like many large employers, the NHS too is affected by sickness absence and lower productivity because of poor health.'
‘We will pilot health and well-being schemes in a number of NHS trusts which are facing the biggest health issues.
‘From autumn this year, we are also piloting a support service in London, for doctors in distress, those who are struggling with mental illness or addictions.
‘In particular, the pilot will focus on how we can get better at intervening early, so minor problems do not escalate into full-blown crises.'
The health secretary also called for GPs to start issuing ‘well notes' to tell employers of sick patients what tasks they can perform, in a move that is designed to cut the number of people on incapacity benefit.
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