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Budget 2021: NHS in England to receive £5.9bn to reduce backlog
25 Oct 2021 07:53
Health leaders welcome the money but say it only goes so far and staff shortages need to be fixed.
Covid: Protect schools from anti-vax protests - Starmer
25 Oct 2021 03:22
Councils should be able to use exclusion zones to stop the protests outside schools, Labour says.
Homecare costs outstrip funding from councils, says report
25 Oct 2021 01:13
Homecare companies say the rates they are paid by local authorities do not cover basic costs.
Covid: Labour calls for Plan B measures in England
24 Oct 2021 17:24
But the chancellor says the data does not suggest "immediately" moving to government's back-up plan.
Social care crisis: Woman, 92, waited four months to be discharged
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Dementia patient Esme Hanson was left stranded in hospital because of a lack of home care.
'I. Am. So. Sorry': Talking about my pregnancy losses
23 Oct 2021 00:49
The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar has reported on maternal health and the issues women face across the world. Here she reflects on her own experiences of pregnancy and baby loss.
During the first week of illness, sickness absence from work should be covered by a self-certification note. These will be available from your employer.
A doctor will only provide a sick note if the sickness period is over seven calendar days (ie including Saturdays and Sundays) and the patient has consulted the doctor.
A doctor cannot provide a retrospective sick note. (The only time this can occur is if an individual doctor who is being asked to issue a certificate has seen the patient whilst sick.)
Emergency appointments should not be used for requests for sick notes.
If patients attend a hospital and are advised by a doctor not to work, then the hospital doctor should provide a sick note. Please request a sick note at the hospital if this is not the case.