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Health and wellbeing service (2019)

Request

  1. How many MPs sought assistance through the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
  2. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support (for example maybe work stress or the weight of responsibility over Brexit).
  3. How many MPs sought assistance through the Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 helpline in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
  4. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support?
  5. How many MPs received face-to-face counselling through the Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
  6. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support?

 

 

Response

1. How many MPs sought assistance through the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
 
This information is held by the House of Commons. The number of MPs who sought assistance from the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service are as follows:
 
2017  -  64
2018  -  85

Please note that the number of appointments for 2019 is exempt from disclosure. Due to the low numbers of staff involved (fewer than 10), disclosing this special category data (medical information) may make it possible for individuals to be identified. This information is therefore exempt by virtue of section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
 
2. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support (for example maybe work stress or the weight of responsibility over Brexit)?
 
This information is held by the House of Commons. The top five reasons MPs sought support from the Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing Service during 2017-2019, are as follows:
 
1. Skin disorders
2. Ear, nose and throat problems
3. Musculoskeletal issues
4. Blood pressure
5. Respiratory disorders
 
3. How many MPs sought assistance through the Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme 24/7 helpline in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
 
Information on the number of calls made by MPs to the 24/7 helpline service is not held by the House of Commons. Whilst this helpline has been open to Members since November 2018, we only hold details of the total number of calls made by all users of this service, and specific calls from MPs cannot be disaggregated from this data.
 
4. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support?
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5. How many MPs received face-to-face counselling through the Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme in each of the years 2017, 2018 and 2019?
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6. What were the top five reasons, in broad terms, that MPs gave for seeking support?
 
This information is not held by the House of Commons, To ensure that Members of the House are provided with a confidential service, this information is processed by Health Assured for the purposes of this programme and never passed to the House of Commons.