Edinburgh News report:

UNDER-PRESSURE NHS workers are taking a record amount of time off due to psychological disorders such as stress or depression, new figures have revealed.

While overall sickness rates have fallen at NHS Lothian in the past five years, the amount of time off taken because of mental conditions has almost doubled.

The latest statistics, released under Freedom of Information legislation, show that almost a quarter of days off taken by workers including doctors and nurses are now due to mental issues such as stress, anxiety or depression.

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