Statement of Fitness for Work to replace existing Sick-Note System
Date: Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 12:08:52 GMT
Topic: Association News

Med 3 - Statement of Fitness to Work SampleThe Social Security (Medical Evidence) and the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 have been laid before parliament and are due to come into effect on 6 April 2010. From this point GPs in England, Scotland and Wales will be required to issue the new Statement of Fitness for Work, 'fit-notes', rather than the current sick note form to those suffering from ill-health.

The existing medical statement, or 'Sick Note', has been around in its’ present format since the 1920s and its’ replacement adds additional options for what an individual may do – for example a GP can recommend a phased return to work, changes to the workplace/job-role or altered hours.

The new fit-note system was originally proposed by Dame Carol Black’s Review of the Health of the Working-Age Population, “Working for a healthier tomorrow”, which urged a radical reform of the UK health system, including more than 30 recommendations to improve work-related health services to keep people who are in work health and those who do fall ill to get the help needed to make a prompt return.

Please see the Statement of Fitness for Work discussion in the SOHSA Forum for more information or to comment on this story.

This article comes from Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA)

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