The Sick Note
From next year a government-backed scheme will try to help ill people get back to work as quickly as possible. Peter Day finds out what is behind the changes, and why they matter.
Until recently, doctors filled in a sick note for people off work. But now things are changing. The sick note has turned into a fit note, and from next year a government-backed scheme will try to help ill people get back to work as quickly as possible, even if it is only part time. Peter Day finds out what's behind the changes, and why they matter.
Producer Caroline Bayley.
Contributors to this programme
Dame Professor Carol Black
Adviser on Health and Work at the Department of Health
Former Director General British Chambers of Commerce
Dr Rob Hampton
Clinical Director Leicestershire Fit4Work Service
Dr John Canning
The Work Foundation
Karen Jennings, Assistant General Secretary Unison
Minister for Welfare Reform