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Covid-19: UK budget gives £94 a week statutory sick pay to self-isolators and their carers

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 11 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1001
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

As part of its 2020 budget the UK government will extend statutory sick pay of £94.25 (€108; $121) a week to include people advised to self-isolate because of covid-19 and to those caring for them.

The medical evidence necessary to claim sick pay will also be relaxed in relation to covid-19, meaning that people will not require a GP’s “fit” note. Instead, people will be able to get a notification from NHS 111 when they are advised to self-isolate, which they can use as evidence where necessary. “This notification would meet employers’ need for evidence, whilst taking pressure away from general practices,” the budget plan said.1

The budget …

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