Notes for editors
- The Chancellor announced during the Budget speech on 11 March that people advised to self-isolate because of coronavirus will be able to obtain an isolation note. This will prevent pressure on the NHS by removing the need to see a GP.
- Currently, when people are suffering from an illness or health condition, they can self-certify for seven days but from day eight they are required by many employers to obtain medical evidence. This is usually in the form of a fit note issued by a doctor, generally a GP, to support payments of statutory sick pay.
- Guidance for employers advises them to use discretion in requesting medical evidence, as current regulations are flexible, but employers could still ask for fit notes or some form of evidence.
- The isolation note service has been built by NHS Digital in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions, NHSX, and the Department of Health and Social Care.
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