“Whilst an employer has a duty to ensure that an individual’s work does not adversely affect his health, which was why the Occupational Health Service was created, this should not be subverted and then used against an employee.
Many people’s livelihood can be destroyed by the present use of Occupational Health as it can be made a tool of management to control workers present and future employability.”
A review commissioned by our Prime Minister revealed 300,000 workers lose their jobs annually due to mental health.
But why are so many losing their jobs and what would be the effect of ridding the workplace of the mental health taboo?
Could it be an employer’s increased use of Occupational Health Services ?
70 years ago Clement Atlee set up a committee which concluded the Ministry of Health as a public independent body should be the provider for British Occupational Health Services.
But this was ignored, and today Occupation Health is a multi million pound private industry.
With the Department of Work and Pensions alone spending over £3,147 m on it annually.
The Committee’s wish was for the services to be completely independent of employers.
But they are still today paid for and commissioned by an employer, and such services owe their paramount duty to that employer, and this…
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