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Menopause leave in the NHS: should nurses’ employers offer it?

Time off work for women with menopause symptoms would seem, on the face of it, like a good way to help the NHS retain some of its most experienced nurses

Time off work for women with menopause symptoms would seem, on the face of it, like a good way to help the NHS retain some of its most experienced nurses

The offer of special time off work for women struggling with menopause symptoms is being mooted as a way to help the NHS retain precious nursing staff.

After all, with chronic short-staffing in a predominantly female workforce, the health service can ill afford to lose the legions of experienced professionals who find themselves having to choose between suffering in silence, falling foul of sickness absence rules, or jettisoning their careers.

But even the most well-intentioned ideas can have unintended consequences, and perhaps the prospect of extra time off could, in reality, have just another chilling

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