Health & Fitness

Law change to let pharmacists sign people off sick

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Posted: 10/06/22 - 11:44
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Pharmacists and some other healthcare professionals, rather than just GPs, will soon be able to sign people off sick from work, under new rules.

The law change will take effect in July and apply across England, Wales and Scotland.

The aim is to free up family doctors' time.

People off work for more than seven consecutive days because of illness may need to show a note from a healthcare professional to their employer.

"unfit for work"

"may be fit for work" subject to some adaptations in the workplace or role

When the new legislation is passed, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists (working in hospitals and GP practices) and physiotherapists will be able to provide the notes, in addition to GPs.

I Call True: Yet more responsibility being put on the shoulders of the pharmacists then?

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3 Comments
21 days
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I agree with the comments on here. This will make it easier for the work shy to get signed off for just another week.
21 days
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With how the NHS and doctors have been run into the ground by the Tories it's no wonder the burden has to be more widely spread.
22 days
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Sounds to me like we are just making it easier to get a sick note