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How many week long fit notes can you have?

(4 Posts)
sephineee Tue 26-Jan-16 13:41:07

Just that really - how many back to back fit notes signing you off for one week can you have? Surely a more detailed assessment of fit for work or not needs to kick in at some point to give an actual realistic return to work date?

Is there a limit or can the week long notes continue indefinitely?

Musicaltheatremum Tue 26-Jan-16 19:49:34

In theory they can continue indefinitely. After the first couple if it looked like this was going to go on longer I would give a longer one. Really depends on why they're off.

IWasHereBeforeTheHack Tue 26-Jan-16 23:08:41

I had someone off for 4 months on a mix of 1-week and 2-week fit notes. Makes planning very difficult.

sephineee Thu 28-Jan-16 08:52:07

4 months! Eek. On 4th week long fit note here. Totally impossible to plan and organise resource properly.

Did you call in the occupational health resource?

I know they plead time constraints but GPS are working against small businesses here.

Off for low mood. I just need a realistic return to work date/plan so I can get temporary help in.

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