Stress and anxiety related hospital admissions in 2016-2017 cost £71.1m

By agency reporter
May 20, 2018

New analysis from the New Economics Foundation shows how elements of our economy are causing increased stress and therefore increasing cost to and strain on the NHS. The analysis finds that there were 17,500 episodes where stress or anxiety was the primary cause for hospital admission and shows that this led to 165,800 days where beds were occupied due to stress or anxiety, at a cost to the taxpayer of £71.1 million.

 Further analysis shows:

  • Housing and stress: As Shelter has found, one in five English adults surveyed said a housing issue had negatively impacted upon their mental health in the last five years, and one in 20 said they had gone to their GP in the last five years with a stress-related housing issue. This costs the NHS £17.6 million per year.
  • Work and stress: 526,000 workers suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17 leading to 12.5 million working days lost. This leads to lost output for employers and the self-employed of £33.4 – £43.0 billion per year, and lost tax/national insurance revenue to the public purse of £10.8 – £14.4 billion per year.
  • Debt and stress: NEF has previously found that four in 10 British adults are worried about their level of debt.


Sarah Arnold, Researcher at New Economics Foundation said: “The UK is facing a mental health crisis and it is largely due to our broken economic system. As more and more people are struggling with the pressure of debt, insecure housing, insecure work and a lack of support, the number of people dealing with stress and anxiety is only likely to increase.

“We need to build a new economy that works for everyone and allows us to flourish rather than burdening us with stress. “

* Read the analysis here

* New Economics Foundation


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