Sick notes out and 'fit notes' in, says Govt

The traditional sick certificate issued by GPs for patients returning to work after illness or injury may soon be replaced by a ‘fit note’ following a government-funded trial.

Unlike the current medical certificate scheme, which prioritises claim-related information and a patient’s limitations, the new ‘fit note’ gives GPs more structured guidance on the required advice, such as a graduated return to work, modified duties and reduced hours.

Based on a system in operation in the UK since 2010, fit notes aim to give both employers and patients a better understanding