Rise of 9% in statements of fitness for work, with 13.5% increase in notes for mental and behavioural disorders

The number of fit notes issued by GPs has risen by nearly a tenth, with a larger increase for mental and behavioural disorders, research has shown.

A fit note is issued after the first seven days of sickness absence if the doctor assesses that the patient’s health affects their fitness for work.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".