New support to tackle long-term sickness absence

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Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Fraud said:

"Long-term sickness absence is a burden to business, to the taxpayer and to the thousands of people who get trapped on benefits when they could actually work.
"So for the first time, all employers, big or small, will have access to a service that offers the early support they need to keep people in work and fulfil their aspirations.
"It's further proof that this Government is confronting all the challenges facing Britain and making sure we compete and thrive in the global race."

"The lack of advice or support is one of the main barriers faced by employers tackling sickness absence in the workplace. Under the current system, the vast majority of fit notes declare employees to be unfit for work."

The new service is part of a series of measures announced today by the Government to help employers support their staff and prevent employees needlessly going onto sickness benefits, and it is part of the Government’s response to the recommendations of health and business experts Dame Carol Black and David Frost.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/policy/welfare-reform/sickness-absence-review/

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lankou

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New support to tackle long-term sickness absence :-


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Nice one lankou

sickandtired

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Fraud says:

"The lack of advice or support is one of the main barriers faced by employers tackling sickness absence in the workplace. Under the current system, the vast majority of fit notes declare employees to be unfit for work."

What he probably means is:

"At the moment, all employers can do is threaten to take away your livelihood if you dare to fall ill, but that isn't enough - we want to give them the right to apply electrodes to sensitive parts of the body."

Minniehaha

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"Under the current system, the vast majority of fit notes declare employees to be unfit for work."

Eh?  Aren't they supposed to?  >erm<  Is Lord Fraud suggesting that GPs are issuing fraudulent fit notes?

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"Under the current system, the vast majority of fit notes declare employees to be unfit for work."

Eh?  Aren't they supposed to?  >erm<  Is Lord Fraud suggesting that GPs are issuing fraudulent fit notes?

When the 'fit notes' were introduced, the idea was that - rather than certifying patients unfit for work generally - GP's would state what working activites someone could do. It would appear that GP's have refused to participate in the government agenda to get everyone working, so something else has to be introduced!  >angry<

Minniehaha

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Thanks Hurty, you've explained it really well.  I'm not very au fait with 'fit' notes - they were called 'sick' notes last time I was 'signed off'.

It would appear that GP's have refused to participate in the government agenda to get everyone working, so something else has to be introduced!  >angry<

Good on the GPs!  And if something else is introduced let's hope they find a way to bamboozle that one too.  >lol<