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Are fit notes fit for purpose?

Author: Rachel Suff

The latest XpertHR research canvasses employer opinion on how the fit note system is working in practice, and whether or not it is living up to its promise of encouraging, where feasible, an earlier return to work.

Key points

  • Our respondents report a lack of confidence in GPs' handling of the fit note, with more than four-fifths (85.8%) of employers disagreeing with the statement that "doctors are very good at communicating what the employer needs to do to facilitate a return to work."
  • Employers find it less challenging to implement doctors' suggestions compared with interpreting them - three in 10 express difficulty with implementation compared with more than four in 10 that report barriers to interpretation.