We are getting far more employers contacting us with employee sick leave situations and in my professional opinion, there needs to be stricter control and better guidelines for GP’s surrounding the situations of long term sick leave certification
(PRWEB UK) 5 May 2013
According to The Telegraph report dated 3rd May 2013 by James Kirkup state that government research suggests that more than three quarters of GP’s feel obliged to issue sick leave certificates for non-medical reasons. This prodcedure can have a detrimental effect on the economy and business alike.
The Department for Work and Pension study concluded that
“The vast majority of GPs agreed that being actively involved in helping their patients return to work was important and that patients did not have to be fully recovered before they could return to work.”
“However, GPs still generally felt pressured to issue sickness certificates for reasons that were not strictly medical.”
The Telegraph report goes on to say that according to government figures, about 131 million working days are lost each year to sickness absence. About one million workers each year have one or more four week spell of absence and also some 300,000 people move from sick leave onto incapacity-related benefit. The government estimates that sick leave costs the economy £15 billion in lost output.
Investigators at Private Investigator Stevenage are often approached by businesses and employees to investigate suspicious claims of long term sickness and have had a lot of success in proving misconduct by employees and also legitimate claims from employees who have been wrongfully accused. Bogus sick leave costs employers a lot of money in overtime, cover and sick pay, not to mention the upheaval and disruption it costs the workplace. More employers are getting in contact with private detectives and investigators as the cost of long term sickness can cripple a smaller business.
A spokesperson from Private Investigator Stevenage, John Sellers said:
“We are getting far more employers contacting us with employee sick leave situations and in my professional opinion, there needs to be stricter control and better guidelines for GP’s surrounding the situations of long term sick leave certification.”
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