GPs lack training to complete patient fit notes

Almost 80% of London GPs are not confident they have the expertise to accurately complete fit notes for their patients.

Dr Michele Drage
Dr Michele Drage

The government proposes to introduce the initiative in spring 2010 despite a Londonwide LMCs survey of 452 GPs finding that 96% have not been trained to carry out the work.

Asked: 'Do you feel confident that you have the expertise to accurately complete fit notes for your patients?', 79.9% answered no, 9.3% yes and 10.8% did not know.

95% of GPs do not feel that they are the appropriate person to complete Fit Notes and 81% think that occupational health doctors are best able to make such complex judgements about a patient's ability to work in certain roles.

Dr Michelle Drage, joint chief executive of Londonwide LMCs, said: 'We are our patients' advocates and taking on this role would jeopardise that relationship.

'We are here to make assessments about our patients' illnesses, not divert our scarce resources into running an occupational health service for employers at our patients' and the taxpayers' expense. We hope the government will rethink this proposal in the interest of patient care.

'There are elements of this that may benefit all parties - patients, GPs and employers, but it needs really serious reworking with the profession.'

Neil Durham

Neil Durham recommends

Londonwide LMCs

Read more

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Top female GPs call out sexism by male colleagues at LMCs conference

Top female GPs call out sexism by male colleagues at LMCs conference

Women in senior BMA GP committee roles have spoken out about sexist comments from...

Capita stripped of cervical screening contract

Capita stripped of cervical screening contract

Capita is to be stripped of its contract to run the administration side of the cervical...

NHS faces shortfall of 11,500 full-time GPs by 2029

NHS faces shortfall of 11,500 full-time GPs by 2029

The NHS faces a shortfall of 11,500 full-time equivalent (FTE) GPs in 10 years from...

NHS pension rules undermine GP workforce and threaten patient care, say LMCs

NHS pension rules undermine GP workforce and threaten patient care, say LMCs

LMCs have called for new flexibilities to stop GPs being forced to cut working hours...

Indemnity rule for locum GPs threatens workforce crisis in Wales

Indemnity rule for locum GPs threatens workforce crisis in Wales

GPC Wales has warned that the Welsh government's requirement for locums to sign up...

Drug shortages exacerbated by patients stockpiling ahead of Brexit, LMCs warn

Drug shortages exacerbated by patients stockpiling ahead of Brexit, LMCs warn

Medicine shortages are being exacerbated by patient stockpiling ahead of Brexit,...