Fit note plans backed by ministers25th November 2008
The government has said new "fit notes" for employees, which will be issued by GPs, are intended to replace the current "sick note" system.
The government is targeting the huge amount of money lost by the economy - £100 billion every year - because of staff who are ill. Health secretary Alan Johnson, said: "Helping people stay in work doesn't just have an economic imperative. It has a moral and social one too. Poor health can prevent people fulfilling their potential, leaving them more likely to slip into poverty and social exclusion."
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