Consultation on replacement of sick notes with fit notes

Close date: 19 August 2009

The Government consults on draft Social Security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Amendment Regulations 2010, which will replace the "sick note" with a "fit note". The Regulations will: change the format of the medical statement to allow doctors to record whether a patient is fit or not fit for work but also include a new option to allow a doctor to indicate where someone “may be fit for some work now”; update the rules relating to completing statements; remove forms med 4 and 5 to simplify the process for GPs and employers; and permit GPs to issue statements printed by their practice’s computer systems as opposed to handwriting on a statement pad.
Consultation document: Reforming the medical statement (PDF format, 2MB) (on the DWP website)
Government response: Reforming the medical statement (PDF format, 230K) (on the DWP website)