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New pilot launched to help sick back to work

20th February 2009

A new set of pilot tests will be carried out to see how those on sick leave can be helped back to work more quickly.

The Department of Health, together with the Department for Work and Pensions, will trial a number of ways to provide support for those too ill to do their job in order to identify which methods are successful.

Backed by 13 million pounds, the scheme is aimed to go beyond health and will cover issues such as skills, employment, debt and housing advice for those in need of it.

Care services minister Phil Hope explained that good wellbeing in the workforce has a positive impact on business.

He commented: “In the current economic climate it’s even more important that we cut the 100 billion pounds cost of worklessness caused by ill health.”

Mr Hope concluded that he wants local authorities, primary care trusts and other providers to put forward their ideas for the pilot as it would benefit all areas socially and economically.

This week, the Department of Health also launched a new Smokefree campaign aimed at informing adults that their children worry about their cigarette habit.

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