New ‘Fit Note’ unveiled by Department for Work and Pensions

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It is planned to be introduced in Spring 2010 and will be computer generated in GP's surgeries (a pleasant change from the attempts to decipher GP's handwriting).

Author: Dennis Chapman
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In its drive to get rid of ‘Sick Note Culture’ and help people stay in employment rather than drift into long-term sickness, the new ‘Fit Note’ has been launched. 

There is now a 12-week consultation on its design.  As an example it is suggested that if an employee has a problem with mobility, eg back pain, then the doctor could suggest a sitting down job rather than standing or lifting.  

The idea is to try and get away from the two choice decision ‘fit to work/unfit to work’. It is planned to be introduced in Spring 2010 and will be computer generated in GP’s surgeries (a pleasant change from the attempts to decipher GP’s handwriting).

Dennis Chapman

In remembrance of Dennis Chapman 1951 -2015

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