Working for a healthier tomorrow

Working for a healthier tomorrow

Number of page: 125
Author: Carol M. Black
Publisher: The Stationery Office
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Category: Law

Around 175 million working days were lost to illness in 2006. Some 7 per cent of the working population is workless and receiving benefits because of long-term health conditions or disabilities. This represents a significant cost to the economy – in cost of benefits, healthcare, forgone taxes, lost production, sickness absence, informal care – estimated at between £103 and £129 billion. The review’s vision for health and work in Britain is based on three principal objectives: prevention of illness and promotion of health and well-being; early intervention for those who develop a health condition; an improvement in the health of those out of work. The review establishes the first baseline for the health of the working population. It then examines the role of the workplace in health and well-being. Work is good for both physical and mental health (Waddell & Burton, 2006,