‘Long-term sick leave after a year to a job guide, it is difficult’

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'Langdurig zieken na een jaar weer naar een job begeleiden, is moeilijk'

The government can increase long-term sick leave do not stop.

A record number of 415.000 people were in the middle of last year for more than a year home sick.

The number of long-term sick leave continues to increase. In addition to 390.004 employees were there at the end of June last year 25.237 self-employed persons disability benefits received. On a half year time there were more than 10,000 long-term sick leave, it appears from the figures that The Latest News opvroeg.

The government-Michel was the reintegration of the long-term sick leave one of her priorities. Because the increase in their number is one of the reasons for the relatively low level of activity in our country. For comparison: in the second quarter of last year there were, according to the National Bank, and 4.8 million people at work, and in June there were 464.147 job seekers. The expenditure for incapacity for work exceeded that of unemployment.

But the government has the number of so can not go down. The competent minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD), stresses the ageing of the population. More older workers means more sick employees.

Lode Godderis, professor at the centre for environment and health, KU Leuven, thinks that a different approach is needed. “After a year, it is very difficult to get someone back to his job to supervise. Really should you be already for the cape of three months offering support, ” he says. “There would also be financial support for businesses, especially small that their long-term sick employee back into the company to integrate. So they are the period in which the employee might only work can do, can bridge.’