Beware of fake fit notes

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Take a little extra care when you receive a Doctor’s fit note as false versions are brazenly being sold through for just £9.99 for two and we have seen two cases of this in the last month. The fit notes are described as “authentic looking replica doctor’s sick note or medical certificates. Written on official doctors’ notepaper, with real stamp.”

These fake fit notes are guaranteed to be delivered within 48 hours and employees can choose to have their fit notes “stamped” by doctors from medical centres in any UK city.

It can be very difficult for employers to spot them, but if you are suspicious, you should refer the worker to an independent occupational health adviser or doctor, or alternatively call the surgery which issued the note to check its legitimacy and that it was signed by the doctor named.

It may be worth warning employees that anyone found using the fakes would face disciplinary action and potential summary dismissal for gross misconduct.

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