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GPs should 'not sign off long-term sick'

People should be signed off for long-term sickness by an independent assessment service not GPs, a government-backed review says.

The review also suggests tax breaks for firms which employ people who suffer from long-term conditions.

It is estimated the changes would send 20% of those off sick back to work.

About 300,000 people a year are absent from work due to long-term sickness.

Terry Stiastny reports.

  • 19 Nov 2011
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