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British Business 'will be hit by sickness'

06/04/2009

British Business 'will be hit by sickness'

British business will have to face increasing levels of sickness, according to a new report.

Private healthcare provider Bupa has warned that the country's ageing workforce will take a toll on employers and jobs.

As a result, it will become more important for companies "to consider investing in the health of their employees", says Helen Vaughan-Jones, acting senior manager for policy research.

"The report suggests that over time the number of people with long-term conditions such as diabetes will increase, and the workforce will be older than it has been before," she commented.

According to the Bupa report, Healthy Work, published in partnership with The Work Foundation, The Oxford Health Alliance and RAND Europe, by 2030 the average worker will be aged 43.

The ageing workforce, it says, will suffer from seven per cent more cases of diabetes or respiratory diseases and the rate of mental illness is set to rise by five per cent.

Separate research by Dame Carol Black has claimed that it was a lack of information, which was the most common reason firms did not invest in their workers' health and wellbeing.ADNFCR-1196-ID-19109379-ADNFCR


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