Despite the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s attempts to curb the issue, anxiety, stress and depression continue to be the main reasons behind staff absence.

Seven months on from when Isle of Wight Radio first reported the stark sickness figures, the picture has not changed.

Last month (January), stress, anxiety and depression were the reasons cited for almost 30% of all staff absences.

In response, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust says a manager toolkit called ‘how to support staff who are experiencing mental health problems’ has been circulated.  

While the Occupational Mental Health Practitioner appointed by the Trust to try to tackle the ongoing issue received 19 new referrals in December alone.

Coughs, cold and flu came in at the second highest reason, after increasing to 13.9% due to ‘seasonal colds’, says the Trust.