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**BREAST SCREENING PROGRAMME - the NHS Breast screening programme will be sending out invites from the end of September 2019 to female patients aged 50-70 years old.  It is IMPORTANT that you attend this screening as it can save lives from breast cancer.  The screening can find breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see of feel.  For more information go to the Further Information box at the bottom right hand side of this screen and click on Breast Screening Programme 2019.**

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.  If you require a "Statement of Fitness for Work" from your doctor, this can only be obtained in a face to face consultation, we are unable to provide these certificates via a telephone consultation.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).

 
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