Addressing ill health: Sickness and retirement in the Victorian post office

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Green, David R, Brown, Douglas H L and McIlvenna, Kathleen 2018. Addressing ill health: Sickness and retirement in the Victorian post office. Social History of Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hky081
AuthorsGreen, David R, Brown, Douglas H L and McIlvenna, Kathleen
Abstract

This article explores ill health and retirement in the Victorian Post Office. Compared to other branches of the Civil Service, ill health was of greater importance as a cause of retirement. Post Office doctors kept careful records of sickness absence, which rose over the period for all workers. These records were also used to determine if employees should be pensioned off on grounds of ill health. Employees in different sections of the Post Office experienced varying levels of sickness depending on their place of employment and the type of work undertaken. Feminisation of the workforce also affected the prevalence of sickness absences, especially in London. Place of work was an important influence on the pattern of sickness with urban areas having higher levels of sickness than rural districts, with distinct sets of conditions linked to each.

KeywordsPost Office; ill health; medical service; retirement; service sector
Year2018
JournalSocial History of Medicine
PublisherOxford Academic
ISSN0951-631X
1477-4666
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hky081
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623502
hdl:10545/623502
Publication dates15 Nov 2018
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Deposited18 Feb 2019, 09:54
Accepted06 Sep 2018
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