Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Get Better Details in Sick Notes'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Get Better Details in Sick Notes'

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THE use and content of doctors' cover notes need a radical overhaul, a business lobby group has claimed.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB), which represents 25,000 small and medium-size businesses in the UK, has called for reform of the way such notes are given to workers to sign them off.

It says the information contained in the notes is insufficient to allow employers to establish whether a worker is justifiably absent.

FPB campaigns manager Victoria Carson said: "What our members are telling us is that the sick notes they get are of limited use in calculating sick pay because they can't tell whether or not a worker was genuinely able to perform his or her job.

"For example, they get many notes citing 'back pain' - a vaguely-worded complaint which does not tell an employer whether, for example, a clerical worker is unable to sit at a desk.

"There are also health complaints that don't stop a worker from being able to do his or her job. …

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