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GPs to issue 'well notes' in benefit clampdown

By Tony Lithgow

GPs will be asked to start issuing ‘well notes' instead of sick notes in a bid to cut the numbers of patients claiming incapacity benefit, the Government said this week.

Under the proposals, announced ahead of a high-profile report into the sick-note system, GPs will be required to tell the employers of sick patients what tasks they can perform.

But GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul attacked the plans, arguing GPs could not be expected to know the details of a patient's work. ‘This is another headline-grabbing initiative announced without consultation with the medical profession,' he said.

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