Government failing to help long-term ill back to work

Employers and affected individuals are getting little help from the
Government to rehabilitate staff that return to work after long-term sick
leave, according to the Institute of Directors (IoD).

The organisation is calling for a national effort to cut the number of
people claiming disability-related benefits by ensuring that "everyone who
has the inclination and capacity to do so" can return to work.

A recent study of 285 IoD members shows that government initiatives to
improve occupational health (OH) have been met with a lukewarm response from
employers, and only 10 per cent of those who had used the NHS Plus service
rated the information it provided as ‘good’.

Only 20 per cent gave the same rating to the Government’s new rehabilitation
pilot schemes, but independent OH bodies were considered to deliver a good
service by 40 per cent of the respondents.

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