I saw a headline this week in one of the papers (we had a quiet week at work and there was lots of time to read, although try reading at 4am when you’re half asleep). The headline said "Sick pay bill for police soars to £3m".
I thought ‘here we go again, another police-bashing piece’. But it wasn’t as negative as I first suspected. The thrust of the article was that assaults on police were increasing leading to an increase in sickness due to assaults & other non-accidental injuries. (although what ‘non-accidental’ injuries are I’ve not worked out yet).
The police sick bill has gone up 15% on last year leading to 37,500 lost days, an increase of more than 5,000 on the previous year.
I don’t think this has had any effect on Jacqui Spliff though, who is still rejecting the call to honour an agreement.