Date of Screening: 21/03/2022
Screening Outcome - Full EQIA recommended: No
The Social Security (Medical Evidence) and Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 (S.R. 2022 No 120.) remove the need for a doctor to complete and sign a fit note in ink. Instead the Regulations require that the name of the doctor is contained within the fit note. The Regulations also set out a new version of the fit note which will over time replace the existing version. However both versions of the fit notes will be used in tandem for an interim period. This change will facilitate doctors being able to issue fit notes by digital means.