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First release of data on the new GP fit note


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First release of data on the new GP fit note

NHS Digital has for the first time released data on the electronic fit note introduced in 2010 for use in GP practices. It covers the period 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2017.

The statement of fitness for work (the Med3 form or fit note) was introduced in April 2010 across England, Wales and Scotland replacing the previous medical statement which had been unchanged for 40 years. Rather than confirming a patient's inability to work, the fit note allows the GP to use the option of “may be fit for work” and to provide advice on how work may be resumed, considering what adjustments or adaptations to the job role or workplace would be required. More....