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SCANDAL OF THOSE TOO POOR TO BE ILL

With the mounting financial pressures of the cost-of-living crisis, more and more patients are refusing sick notes to avoid taking time off work.


The Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners recently expressed concern that those suffering from chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and even serious mental health challenges feel forced to refuse sick notes as they simply cannot afford to live on statutory sick pay which is among the lowest in Europe.


I challenged the Secretary of State for Health about this serious issue but there is no indication that there is any plans to ensure those who are in work but need to take time off due to illness, can expect any increase in sick pay, which is deeply disappointing.


The health and wellbeing of our workforce matters.



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