A chum of mine spent most of the 1990s taking over Council building departments, along with the work that they did. TUPE - the right of transferred workers to keep their previous terms and conditions - didn't bother him. Always among those transferred were a handful of long-term sickies, absent for more than six months, and many who regularly took 30 or 40 sick days a year. His first action was to purge the sickies - using disciplinary procedures. You see, he found that procedures to shed illness-prone workers were already in place in the transferred conditions, but that councils had never bothered to apply them.
I accept that the police are a bit different. Firstly, we expect them to roll about in the gutter if required to detain villains. This carries an obvious risk of injury. Tasers, pepper spray and the like are therefore designed not to subdue baddies more humanely or more effectively but to lessen the risk of injury to plods. Likewise, plod can no longer wade into a pond to rescue a drowning child because of the risk of personal injury. Thus employers can demonstrate they have done everything possible to mitigate the risk, and lessen the danger of being sued by injured constables. A few drowned infants are an easy price for Chief Constables to pay, and they can possibly even prosecute the parents.
But those same Chief Constables are also PR manipulators who encourage plods to be injured when there is news film about of black-armoured plods giving a good truncheoning to some dreadlocked vegans, so that the news can lead with headlines such as 'Two police injured in violent protests at power station'. Incidentally, that's a real headline - but when Kent Police were challenged to identify the injuries of the two officers they turned out to be an insect sting and a thumb sprained in opening a police van door.
The astonishing recent rises in police sickness, at a time when crime rates have plummeted due to demographic conditions, and with few violent protests or industrial disputes about, make it certain that plod is swinging the lead. It may be that some of this is due to them not having enough to do - that it's boredom sickness - in which case downsizing will be an effective medicine. Otherwise, I'm sure disciplinary procedures exist to get rid of sicky cops in six months - no pension, no redundancy pot. Just lawfully dismissed for excessive sickness.
Of course any plods genuinely injured in the course of duty and unable to be employed thereafter in any capacity should receive decent medical pensions, but these will be few and far between. The slackers, liars, cheats and thieves of public funds will dominate - and must be cleansed from our police forces.