Fit Note - Maximum duration from GP
in Employment, jobseeking & training
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I've been signed off work continuously for a year now and have had fit notes from my GP. I called my GP for a continuation fit note and was told the rules say that GPs are only allowed to issue fit notes for a maximum of 12 months and he would lose his job if he were to issue me one as I had been signed off for over 12 months now. He told me that I need to contact the DWP to request that they have their doctor assess me.
This is news to me, I've searched on-line and can find no information on this 12 month period. Is anyone here familiar with the rules and whether the only way to get a continuation of a fit note after 12 months can only be done via the DWP?
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In the first 6 months of a patient’s condition, a fit note can cover a maximum of 3 months. If a condition has lasted longer than 6 months, a fit note can be for any clinically appropriate period up to ‘an indefinite period’. The dates are inclusive, (so a fit note dated from 2 April to 10 April will no longer apply from 11 April onwards).
Sounds like he may actually be suggesting you get assessed for PIP?