New Government Legislation for the issue of Fit Notes
The Department of Work and Pensions are making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17th December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits.
GPs can no longer provide fit notes if you have been off for less than 28 days since 10th December. If you are off for less than 28 days you can do a self certification for your absence. Please discuss this with your employer.
Please click here to find out the latest information from GOV.UK on taking sick leave and the issue of Fit Notes.
If you want a fit note before 28 days, please be aware there will be a private sick note fee for this as GPs have been told not to provide them any more. This is regardless of the reason for the absence.