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Reducing the burden of fit notes during Covid-19

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Reducing the burden of fit notes during Covid-19

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 or those having to self-isolate due to residing with someone with COVID-19 symptoms can obtain an Isolation Note in line with current guidance.

For non COVID-19 health conditions, employers may still insist on fit notes for payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Occupational Sick Pay (OSP). A fit note with a wet signature (defined as ‘other medical evidence’ required by Medical Evidence Regulations) can be scanned and emailed to a patient. GPs should give due consideration of GDPR with necessary consent in place, guidance to employers will be updated to reflect this. If an employer insists on a paper copy fit note, this can be posted to the patient. GPs can issue fit notes for a clinically appropriate time, in line with existing guidance. More....