From 10th December 2021 until 27th January 2022, there has been a temporary change with regards to Sickness fit notes. This is to allow doctors to prioritise the coronavirus booster programme.
If an employee is absent from work for 28 calendar days (including weekends) or less, they are not required to provide a fit note. Instead, they are required to follow the Company’s absence procedure and self- certify. This is a temporary change to the usual requirement of a fit note after 7 days absence.
If an employee is off sick for longer than 28 calendar days, they are required to provide a fit note.
There is no change to sick pay.
Here is the link to the Government website for more details.
Fit note: guidance for patients and employees - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)<https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-fit-note-a-guide-for-patients-and-employees>
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Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.
“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.
“As restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday everyone has a part to play in helping to control Covid by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly.
“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.”
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