Our latest research, shows that in 2021/22, the total number of days lost to poor mental health has doubled to more than 730,000 over the last decade. This comes at the same time that there has been a drop in the number of neighbourhood police officers by 6,000 and of Police Community Support Officers by 8,500.
These absences equate to over 2,000 police officers being off sick each day, last year alone, due to poor mental health.
It is clear that this Conservative Government has presided over 13 years of neglect and staff shortages that have left our public services at breaking point.
The next Labour Government will recruit 8,500 more mental health professionals, ensuring a million more patients get treated each year; and we will rebuild neighbourhood policing, delivering a package of 13,000 extra neighbourhood officers and PCSOs, putting police back on the beat.
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