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.'