GPs may lose fit for work decisions in Sickness Absence Review


The sickness absence review is expected to call for a government funded panel to judge people's ability to work, taking the responsibility away from doctors.

As previously revealed by COVER, it will also urge Treasury to remove tax disincentives for employers who provide benefits to support employees return to work, such as group risk products. Dame Carol Black, co-author of the review, confirmed the move at a WPA conference in September and it appears likely this will apply to staff earning less than approximately £40,000. This proposal has already received some support from Esther McVay MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chris Grayling MP, the Employment Minister, who said said doing so may be the "best way forward".   The details...

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