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Northern Ireland Civil Service sickness costing nearly £40m a year

Mental health issues are a significant and growing cause of workers' absence

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The cost of sick leave in the Northern Ireland Civil Service is now running at close to £40m a year, a report reveals today.  (Lynne Cameron/PA)

The cost of sick leave in the Northern Ireland Civil Service is now running at close to £40m a year, a report reveals today. (Lynne Cameron/PA)

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The cost of sick leave in the Northern Ireland Civil Service is now running at close to £40m a year, a report reveals today.

Absence levels are almost double those recorded in England, auditors found.

Northern Ireland is the only UK region where rates of illness in the civil service have increased significantly over the last five years.


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