LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Despair and anxiousness have been the most important driver of the rise in Britons who say they’re too unwell to work, carefully adopted by a class which incorporates long-term COVID-19 signs, official figures confirmed on Wednesday.
Britain has been slower to get well from the COVID-19 pandemic than every other main financial system other than Germany, partly as a result of the variety of people who find themselves capable of work stays under its pre-pandemic stage.
Poor well being is now the main issue behind this. In contrast with earlier than the pandemic, an additional 412,000 folks aged 16 to 64 stated they’re unable to work due to long-term illness within the three months to the top of Might, a 20% rise.
In contrast, the variety of working-age people who find themselves economically inactive for different frequent causes, similar to early retirement or caring obligations, is now decrease than it was earlier than the pandemic, reversing an earlier rise.
Wednesday’s figures give a breakdown of what lies behind the rise in unwell well being.
Many of the greater than 2.5 million working-age people who find themselves long-term sick report a number of well being situations. Almost 1,000,000 report 5 or extra well being issues, up 42% from 2019, Britain’s Workplace for Nationwide Statistics stated.
The most common class of unwell well being is ‘despair, unhealthy nerves, anxiousness’. The variety of people who find themselves long-term sick with these situations is up by 386,000 from 2019 at 1.351 million, the ONS stated – a 40% improve.
‘Different well being situations’ – a class which incorporates lengthy COVID – have risen by 260,000 to 754,000, a 53% rise. Again, neck and limb issues are additionally widespread and have risen by round 1 / 4.
The ONS stated an ageing inhabitants solely defined about 40,000 of the greater than 400,000 improve in people who find themselves long-term sick.
As a substitute, it highlighted the variety of folks ready for therapy from Britain’s Nationwide Well being Service, which has risen to 7.4 million by Might from 4.6 million in January 2020.
Reporting by David Milliken, modifying by Andy Bruce
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