IHPN "encouraged" by budget news on occupational health

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network has welcomed announcements in the budget that there will be increased focus on how to improve occupational health services across UK employers.   

David Hare, Chief Executive, Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said: “Today’s announcements, which highlight the importance of occupational health services, are encouraging.

“We know that businesses are concerned about ever-increasing absence rates, and with NHS waiting times currently so high, it’s a good move to encourage employers to provide and develop occupational health, so employees can access the right support, keeping them fit and well.  

“Several of our members already provide vital support to businesses and organisations. This includes services like screenings, health assessments, physiotherapy, nursing, emotional and mental health support, risk assessments or creating ergonomic work environments.

“Responsive, high quality occupational health services can be vital preventative measures, or lead to earlier interventions and diagnoses. 

“All of this can reduce time away from work, as well as the physical and mental stress for everyone concerned.  

“Creating more opportunity for people to benefit from these kinds of services at work can only be a good thing.”