NHS Digital has rolled out a new isolation note service that allows workers to sign-off sick for seven days without a GP’s letter.
The service lets staff “self-certify” and then provide “evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate… either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms.”
The system is, arguably, ripe for abuse, but comes as the government aims to reduce pressure on GPs amid a surge in cases.
By law, medical evidence is already not required for the first seven days of sickness.
In updated guidance today, the government said: “We strongly suggest