Christmas is Coming and the Public Sector is Getting Stressed

Christmas is Coming and the Public Sector is Getting Stressed

Given the weather over the last week or so it is fair to say that Summer is well and truly over. Across the country people’s minds are now slowly and in some cases reluctantly turning to the festive period.
Whilst in most areas of business the run up to the festive period can be hectic for most the actual period of Christmas and New Year is a period of relaxation.
Spare a thought then for those working in the public sector as for many the festive period is nothing short of a nightmare. This year may well be worse than most given the continued cuts in public sector jobs.
Take for example the NHS. Christmas is often a busy period due to a combination of the increase in the number of accidents which may or may not be fuelled by increased alcohol consumption poor weather conditions and the usual array of winter flu and stomach bugs. Government spending in the NHS has comparatively speaking fallen since 2010 when taking into account inflation costs and the ageing demographic of the population. This has undoubtedly lead to greater financial pressures on the Primary Care Trusts and a lack of resources to adequately deal with the array of healthcare issues which arise particularly during the high pressure periods such as Christmas.
What then for council housing? Those working for housing associations or for local authority housing department’s face increased pressure to ensure that families are re-homed before Christmas or that the homeless have accommodation to protect them from the elements. Often those working in these sectors have to face angry and difficult clients more so in the season of good will because the ‘clients’ want to see resolution of their housing issues before Christmas.
Perhaps also consider the affect on social services. Research demonstrates that domestic abuse particularly to children and women increases towards Christmas. Invariably this will increase the demands which our already stretched social services sector faces.
All indications would suggest that work related stress will increase over the coming months and this is likely to cause further tension in workplaces up and down the country.
The festive period is supposed to be about celebration and good will to all for many the reality is entirely different.
If you believe you would benefit from legal advice during the coming months please feel free to call our expert team of advisors on 0113 2009720.
Richard Coulthard
Head of the Stress at Work Department
Michael Lewin Solicitors

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