The reasons behind the historical record of sick leave in Tarragona

The reasons behind the historical record of sick leave in Tarragona
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Record of sick leave in Tarragona, which throughout 2023 recorded more than ever – isolating the effect of the pandemic. Were 171,481 throughout the district during the twelve months of the year common contingencies: they are slabs that take into account losses that are not related to a work accident not even with an occupational disease.

Those that do have to do with these cases are regulated as professional contingencies and it is where the coronavirus cases were added, that is why they are not taken into account, since they would distort the data.

What is behind this increase? Are various factors that influenceAs the aging of the active population or the increase in cases related to mental health. It is certified by the general secretary of CCOO in Tarragona, Mercè Puig: «people get tired to go to work under certain conditions, since not enough people are dedicated resources for prevention; It is a problem that we have had for a long time.

And it is that Tarragona is one of the provinces in Spain with the most work accidents historically – there were about thirty a day last year-.

For its part, within the framework of the study on temporary disability carried out by PIMECthe Catalan employers’ association, its general secretary, Josep Ginesta, indicated that “the problem of absenteeism has a multifactorial origin and represents for companies a productivity and cost problem». However, the general secretary of UGT in Tarragona, Joan Llort, argues that “in recent years, there has been a lot more pressure at the productive level; “There are many people who are tense and stressed.”

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The lawyer Pilar Casas, belonging to the Col·lectiu Ronda and specialist in this type of cases, assures that from the Catalan Institute of Medical Assessments (ICAM) «medical discharges are issued without prior contact with the affected personin-person visits are almost never made and they are limited to reviewing the medical history.

«If you look at the cases, there is a gender bias for feminized diseasesundervalued, and for feminized jobs considered ‘light and sedentary’a bias that is accentuated if you are also from immigrant origin“, Add.

In this sense, Jordi Daniel, family doctor at CAP Salou and member of the Catalan Society of Family and Community Medicine (CAMFiC), explains that “it is bureaucracy needs to be reduced when carrying out the requests.

Those more than 170,000 casualties by 2023 they meant a 2% increase compared to the 167,986 of 2022 and of a 74.14% If they are compared with the 98,472 that were notified five years ago.

Víctor Canalda, labor lawyer and law professor at the Open of Catalonia (UOC), also puts on the table that «the social jurisdiction is saturated»which is why procedures that have to do with Social Security may also be affected.

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