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Stress levels lead to calls for Stormont civil servants to work a four-day week

Figures reveal 370 staff were absent last year because of pressures during Covid crisis

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Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 370 absences due to the problem last year. They also record 1,464 absences listed under 'anxiety, stress, depression or any other psychiatric illness'. (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 370 absences due to the problem last year. They also record 1,464 absences listed under 'anxiety, stress, depression or any other psychiatric illness'. (Anthony Devlin/PA)

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Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 370 absences due to the problem last year. They also record 1,464 absences listed under 'anxiety, stress, depression or any other psychiatric illness'. (Anthony Devlin/PA)

A four-day working week has been suggested after new figures showed hundreds of civil servants at Stormont have been struggling with work-related stress throughout the Covid emergency.

Figures obtained by the Belfast Telegraph show that there were 370 absences due to the problem last year. They also record 1,464 absences listed under 'anxiety, stress, depression or any other psychiatric illness'.

Across Stormont's nine departments and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), there are almost 23,000 workers.


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