Guidance on 'fit notes' replacing sick notes issued by government

Guidance on plans to replace sick notes with 'fit notes' is now available to GPs from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Professor Field said that the new fit note was developed to take account of all factors of a patients health
Professor Field said that the new fit note was developed to take account of all factors of a patients health

The 'fit notes' will replaces sick notes on 6 April and hav been developed following consultation with the RCGP, BMA, employers and trade unions. It reflects medical evidence that work is good for health and can aid recovery for many health conditions.

Professor Steve Field, RCGP chairman, said: ‘GPs can give more helpful advice to patients and their employers to support an earlier return to work. We know work has beneficial effects on recovery. The fit note is in keeping with our holistic approach to patient care.

‘We valued the opportunity to help shape the new medical statement and supporting guidance. We believe it will have benefits for GPs as well as patients.'

You can listen to a podcast explaining  the new 'fit notes' and read the guidance.

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