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Police warned against taking sickdays for hangovers

The Chief Constable of Essex police, Stephen Kavanagh, has warned his force against taking sick leave for hangovers Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

The Chief Constable of Essex police, Stephen Kavanagh, has warned a "small group" of his officers against taking time off sick to recover from hangovers.

He criticised the force's overall sickness record, saying officers take an average of 12 sick days a year compared to only seven among nurses at Broomfield Hospital in Colchester.

Kavanagh said some officers were "abusing the sickness management process", adding: "Every time they throw a sickie they are letting their mates down, they are letting their community down."

"if you look at the overall numbers compared to other forces, there is also a group - a small group but a group nonetheless - that are abusing the sickness management process," he said.

"If they can't get the time off, they take it sick. If they have a heavy night, on occasions they are taking days off."