The new survey showed that the majority do not believe they will cut absence levels, and almost two-thirds feel ill-equipped to provide them. Those surveyed said that since fit notes were introduced in April 2010, enthusiasm for the scheme has diminished. Of 200 GPs surveyed, 68% said they did not believe fit notes would be effective in cutting absence levels, compared to 54% last year, prior to their introduction.
Always remember that some GPs are not always trained in occupational health and do not have the time to fully evaluate a patient’s medical condition and how it relates to their working environment. There are many occupational healthcare specialists in the sector today, and there is significant value in having an independent assessment resource - one who really knows the employers business.
Source: Health in the Workplace Report Aviva.