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Fit Notes Issued by GP Practices, England

The Statement of Fitness for Work (the Med3 form or 'fit note') was introduced in April 2010 across England, Wales and Scotland. It enables doctors to give advice to their patients about the impact of their health condition on their fitness for work and is used to provide medical evidence for employers or to support a claim to health-related benefits through DWP.
A fit note is issued after the first seven days of sickness absence (when patients can self-certify) if the doctor assesses that the patient's health affects their fitness for work. The doctor can decide the patient is 'unfit for work' or 'may be fit for work subject to the following advice...', with accompanying notes on suggested adjustments or adaptations to the job role or workplace
This page shows publications covering data on electronic fit notes issued in general practice in England.
Information about fit notes can be found at

June 2017

Publication date: October 27th 2017
Fit notes issued by GP practices, June 2017


March 2017

Publication date: August 31st 2017
Fit notes issued by GP practices, December 2014 - March 2017

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