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Stress at work resulted in an NHS trust losing more than 7,500 days from employees over a period of just six months last year, new figures have shown.
According to data obtained by the Eastbourne Herald through a freedom of information request, the East Sussex Healthcare Trust - which runs the Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital - suffered from 7,518 lost days between April and October 2011 due to mental anxiety.
This means that, during this timeframe, the equivalent of every single member of staff employed by the organisation took a sick day because of the stress they were under.
In a bid to obtain foundation trust status, the body has recently revealed it plans to make budget savings of up to £30 million this year but the high number of absences due to stress could undermine such efforts.
Liz Walke, local health campaigner, commented: "It is a vicious circle which needs addressing. Staff are working hard under difficult circumstances."
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