Tess White MSP has said the number of staff absences across NHS Grampian due to mental health are “deeply concerning” after new figures showed more than 1,300 employees were off work from the illness last year.

The figures, from a Freedom of Information response from the Scottish Government, shows 6,492 staff were absent from work at the health board and more than 55,000 working days were lost over the last five years as a result of mental health issues.

These included anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health issues.

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