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Number of days lost to staff stress highest ever recorded by north Wales health board

The number of days lost due to staff stress at Betsi Cadwaladr University health board in north Wales last year was the highest ever recorded by the organisation.

Just under 77,000 staff days were lost in 2017 due to stress and anxiety, Freedom of Information figures reveal. They were published in the health board's FOI disclosure log.

It's estimated the lost days for 2017 cost the health board, which is currently in Welsh Government special measures, in excess of £5m.

The 2017 figure is a marked increase from 2016 when the number of days lost to stress and anxiety was approximately 65,000.

The figures released by the health board

Providing healthcare can be physically and emotionally demanding and we work hard to ensure that quality support and assistance is available for all our colleagues.

Efforts over the last 12 months to develop the support available include training more than 200 mental health champions to encourage open discussion of mental health within the workplace, regular training on topics including stress and anxiety and signing up to the Time to Change Wales charter, which promotes mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

We have more than 16,500 members of staff and our rates of sickness are below the Welsh average.

– Betsi Cadwaladr University health board statement