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Fit Note

fit note

The fit note was introduced to replace the old sick note on 6 April 2010.

The fit note allows doctors to advise that individuals "may be fit for work" taking into account the doctor’s advice; or are "not fit for work".

Doctors use fit notes to record details of the functional effects of their patient's condition, so that individuals

and employers can consider ways to help the individual return to work.

Fit notes can be hand-written or computer-generated and printed out. Fit notes should be issued by hospital doctors if someone is receiving treatment in hospital, or otherwise by GPs.

The DWP has updated guidance (click for website) for doctors, employers and employees on the use of fit notes in the workplace. Lots of useful tips and advice for all concerned.


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