UK 'needs four-day week to reduce stress'

The UK should reduce the working week from five to four days to help reduce stress, a leading doctor says.

A leading doctor has called for the working week to be reduced to four days. Credit: PA Wire

Working a four-day week would allow people to enjoy their lives by spending more time with their families or exercising, Professor John Ashton told the Guardian.

Reducing the working week would help treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure and mental illness, he added.

"When you look at the way we lead our lives, the stress that people are under, the pressure on time and sickness absence, [work-related] mental health is clearly a major issue," Ashton said.

The doctor suggested a four-day week would "mean people might smile more and be happier, and improve general health."

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