Statutory Certificates England, Wales & Scotland
Generally no separate fee will arise, notionally they have been part of GP's basic practice allowance (no longer extant) and hospital doctors' salary. The document DWP IB 204 (Aug 2004) gives guidance in medical evidence for:
Statutory Sick Pay
- Med 3
- Med 5
- Med 6
- RM 7
Statutory Maternity Pay
- MAT B1
Social Security Incapacity Benefit
- Med 4
DHSS & DWP
Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Incapacity Benefit with Terminal Illness
- DS 1500 - A fee will be paid
Generally you will get a fee for providing a report to the DVLA. The form will be sent to you.
Fitness/unfitness to work
Incapacity for work is just that - ask yourself if they are capable of doing their normal job, which nowadays doesn't mean that they could just about sort of do it, it means they are not going to do it properly without undue discomfort.
Employers may ask for details about a patient's capacity, what operations they have had done, what they can do, and so forth. Remember that confidentiality means that they are not entitled to details of medical conditions, treatments, or operations. They are entitled, however, to know whether and how the patient's ability to do his or her job is restricted.
Explaining this requires the doctor to understand not only the pathology affecting the patient and the effects of treatment, but also to have a sufficient understanding of the nature of the patient's job and the effect of restrictions to it. A GP might be acting outside their area of expertise if they advise on this without having sufficient occupational health knowledge, so it may be safer to recommend that the employer seeks this advice from an occupational health specialist.
Fitness to work after surgery
- BMA list of prescribed medical certificates
- Department for Work and Pensions guidance on medical certification - HTML page with links to various documents including DWP IB 204 (Aug 2004) (pdf)
- Thread on DNUK discussing problems with dealing with requests for back-dated sick notes (DNUK members only) - see also Doctors net uk.