The government’s new “fit note” scheme, which came into effect last month, does not appear to have been particularly effective in reducing staff absenteeism, having neither been embraced by employers or GPs.
The scheme replaces the traditional doctor's sick note with an electronic Statement of Fitness for Work that allows doctors to say what work their patients can do as well as what they cannot.
But according to an article (link to: ) published on hrmagazine.co.uk, fit notes have so far received a lukewarm reaction from both GPs and employers.
GPs who are filling out the new fit note forms are failing to understand employers’ working practices, while employers are not sure what to do with the extra information GPs are now giving them.
In tomorrow’s blog we will look at why fit notes may not be effective in reducing absenteeism and will also look at more effective ways to tackle sickness absence.