Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 02 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Work-Days Lost.

[192]   175. Mr. Lowry asked the Taoiseach the number of work-days lost to the economy as a result of medical appointments in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31934/05]

  Mr. Kitt: The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The only information of this nature compiled is statistics on working days lost due to work-related accidents and work-related illnesses.

Statistics on days lost from work due to work-related accidents and illnesses are available for 2002 to 2004 from the quarterly national household survey and are set out in the following table:

Persons who suffered work-related injury or work-related illness and total number of days lost 1

000s

Q2 1998

Q1 2002

Q1 2003*

Q1 2004*

Injury

Total persons suffering work-related injury

43.1

51.8

43.1

54.4

Rate per hundred

2.9

3.0

2.4

3.0

Days lost

769,200

857,300

610,400

782,909

Illness

Total persons suffering work-related illness

26.1

33.0

38.1

46.3

Rate per hundred

1.7

1.9

2.2

2.5

Days lost

397,300

583,700

675,700

591,904

Total Incidence

69.2

84.8

81.2

100.7

Total days lost

1,166,500

1,441,000

1,286,100

1,374,813

*Figure relates to most recent injury only.

1 Days lost data should be interpreted with care as respondents may have included ‘potential’ days lost.

Note: Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.