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Doctor's note - binding?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by dragonfly1984, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. dragonfly1984

    dragonfly1984 New commenter

    Hi all,
    I have been issued with a sick note due to anxiety/stress/depression but the thought of being off work is making me all the more anxious.
    Am I legally obliged to declare and hand over the sick note? I know that I would have to be declared "fit for work" if I used the note in the first instance, but can I just ignore it?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
     
  2. dragonfly1984

    dragonfly1984 New commenter

    Hi all,
    I have been issued with a sick note due to anxiety/stress/depression but the thought of being off work is making me all the more anxious.
    Am I legally obliged to declare and hand over the sick note? I know that I would have to be declared "fit for work" if I used the note in the first instance, but can I just ignore it?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
     
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Tricky one.
    If you use it you must get a for for work note to go back.
    If you don't use it, and something happens and you need GP you could be in a spot of bother. If you need time off take it. The school won't burn down because you're not there and the doctor won't have issued a note unless you need it or he/she is a crap GP.
     
  4. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    They are fit notes rather than sick notes. How exactly is it worded? I believe they say whether you need to go back again. If anything goes wrong you won't be covered by insurance. I don't think it is a good idea to ignore their advice and they gave it to you for a reason. School will carry on and the time offf now could prevent a longer time off later.
     
  5. Hi I have had a number of fit notes for this. Each time they have stated that I am not fit to work and a period of time is set. There is then a box that they must tick if they want to see you before you return to work. If this is not ticked then you do not need to return to your GP once the period of time has lapsed.
     

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