The number of days police officers take off sick varies massively across thecountry, with officers in Humberside taking just 8.6 days off a year, comparedwith 16.1 in South Wales, according to government figures. The total number of days lost to sick leave in the police force in 2000-2001was approximately 1.5 million, with the average number of days lost per officerreported at 12.2. This compared to the 2001 average in the public sector of 10.2 days, and 7.2days in the private sector. In 55 per cent of all cases, musculoskeletal illnesses were the mostcommonly cited reason for ill-health retirement. Ill-health retirements variedfrom 3.3 per 1,000 to 22.9, it added. The figures, published in October, came as the Government unveiled its firstever occupational health blueprint to support police officers injured in theline of duty. Home Office minister John Denham said the Government would spend £5m a yearover the next three years developing a national OH strategy for the policeservice, including £50,000 for each force to kick-start the process. www.homeoffice.gov.uk/new_indexs/index_police-healthsafety.htm Previous Article Next Article £5m earmarked for police OH serviceOn 1 Dec 2002 in Police, Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.