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Sickness certification system in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:461

Department for Work and Pensions is trying to address challenges

  1. Mansel Aylward, chief medical adviser (
  1. Department for Work and Pensions, London WC2N 6HT

    EDITOR—Hussey et al produce similar findings to other recent studies about general practitioners' advice on fitness for work,13 but in his editor's choice Smith concludes that much of this work is philosophically untenable. General practitioners have been poorly trained in this important and undoubtedly difficult aspect of their day to day work, a challenge that the Department for Work and Pensions is …

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