Apparently public sector workers have less short-term but more long-term absence rates than the private sector. Public sector workers report long term sickness more for two reasons. First many companies don't allow long term sick leave - you get the sack. And secondly, some public sector workers (like the police) are more likely to be attacked or suffer stress because of their jobs. (Source TUC)
So what about the perceived ‘Sick Copper Syndrome’? There’s no such thing! What is far more likely is the fact managers in the private sector are more awake to the fundamental issues, they have to be or they’d get sacked! Perhaps police managers should adopt some private sector mentality? Even better, why not go the whole hog and sack incompetent police managers instead of promoting them as often occurs!