DAYS lost to illness among NHS staff across Greater Glasgow and Clyde has increased over three years, official figures show.

Mental health and stress have been citied as the most common reasons for time off sick.

Figures obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats show that there has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of hours lost due to staff illness.

The health board said that measures are in place to support staff and ensure staffing levels are maintained.

In Greater Glasgow and Clyde there was 4,135,288 hours lost in 2018 compared to 2,409,766 in 2016.

The Glasgow figure equates to 173,000 cumulative staff days off sick.