IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporary change to fit notes
Please see the following guidance that came into place on 17th December 2021:
In order to free up GP capacity to focus on delivering the coronavirus booster programme, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply fit notes for periods of absence exceeding 28 days.
For Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), where employees go off sick on or after 10 December 2021, employers can only ask employees for proof of sickness (such as a fit note) after 28 days of sickness (including non-working days). Proof of sickness cannot be requested earlier than 28 days. If you started your sick leave BEFORE 10 December 2021, you must give proof if you have been off work for more than 7 days, including non-working days.
Fit notes do not have to be provided for DWP benefit claims until 27 January. This will not affect claims to benefit.
This change takes effect from 17 December, but applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.
Please do not request a fit note from the practice if your illness began on or after 10th December 2021.