Official Statistics

Fit Notes Issued by GP Practices, England March 2018

Fit notes issued by GP practices in England


Fit notes issued by GP practices in England


The Statement of Fitness for Work (the Med3 form or ‘fit note’) was introduced in April 2010 across England, Wales and Scotland replacing the previous medical statement which had been unchanged for 40 years. Rather than confirming a patient’s inability to work, the fit note allows the GP to use the option of ‘may be fit for work’ and to provide advice on how work may be resumed, considering what adjustments or adaptations to the job role or workplace would be required. In 2012 the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) funded a project to provide GPs with the ability to produce computer-generated fit notes (eMed3) and this included the capability to collect the aggregated data generated.

Published 26 July 2018