§ Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the current procedure for applying for and granting "sick notes" from doctors before sickness benefit is obtained.
§ Mr. Deakins
The form in which medical evidence is provided, and the periods which it may cover, have been discussed in detail with the medical profession. Revised rules are to be introduced in October. The new rules will not fundamentally alter the basic concept of the provision of medical evidence by the family doctor, but will greatly simplify the detailed arrangements.