UK docs see big rise in sick notes

Only 38 per cent of companies see employee wellbeing as an HR priority
||Last Updated: 09/06/2006

A third of family physicians in the United Kingdom have noticed a sharp increase in people requesting doctors’ notes to be off work for at least seven days, according to a new survey.

Nearly all, 94 per cent, of those surveyed blamed employers for failing to take responsibility for workers' health and wellbeing.

They warned the current £13-billion-a-year bill for absenteeism could soar without better help for employees.