Yesterday the Bristol Post rightly criticised Avon & Somerset Constabulary for wasting public funds and, even more tellingly, reported that the constabulary didn’t come clean with the paper by refusing to inform them of the total expenditure. In an feeble attempt to cover their tracks freedom of information requests on this topic are now (unlawfully) banned by this police force.
Police officers injured in the line of duty do not have to fear their pensions being reduced after Avon and Somerset Police U-turned on a decision to review them. In a three-year ordeal, officers receiving the Injured on Duty Pensions were told their payouts would be reviewed, but that decision has now been abandoned by the force.
It just so happens that previous freedom of information requests give a running commentary.
We retweeted the Post that over £146,000 has been paid to one doctor – the selected medical practitioner, Dr Philip Johnson. This figure does not include the money spent on legal advice and barristers defending pension ombudsman complaints or appeal boards.
The latest figure up until the end of last year for the Doctor used (SMP) is £146,000. This excludes everything else inc. legal challenges https://t.co/Uc0Ay6FUsN
— iodpaorg (@iodpaorg) 22 June 2017
Our blogs have been a constant update of the money flow. In November 2015, just over year into the mass review program, £46k was sent to Johnson’s business, Sarum Occupational Services.
By November 2016 the figure was above £120,000
Now its over £146,000…