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Hansard 18 Jan: Column 561 ...
Hansard 18 Jan: Column 561

South Wales Police had the highest level of absence through sickness in 1997-98, the latest date for which figures are available, MPs were told yesterday.

Junior home office minister Kate Hoey said the average sickness rate per officer was 17.39 days per annum. The force with the lowest level of sick leave was Wiltshire, at 8.76 days per officer.

She assured Tony McNulty, Labour MP for Harrow East, that where there was evidence of abuse it would be dealt with firmly.

Miss Hoey said: 'We obviously cannot allow such levels to continue without tackling them effectively. Sickness absence costs between£210m and£250m a year. we must all work to reduce that'.
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