GPs will be providing fit notes instead of sick notes to get staff back into work from April 6th.

GPs will soon be providing fit notes, that state what duties a patient can do.

The new notes will state the duties a worker can carry out. It is then up to employers to accommodate the staff member so they can perform those parts of their job.

The principal is that work aids a person’s recovery and prevents isolation and social exclusion.

The fit notes will apply to people who are off work for seven days where a doctor believes extra support would help them return to work quicker.

I wonder how this will apply to psychiatric conditions like stress and depression.

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