Article date: 20 February 2008
Gil Baldwin, managing director of Norwich Union Healthcare, said: "These moves are a welcome attempt to help break Britain's sick note culture. If the Government's target of reducing the number of people on incapacity benefit by a million is to be reached then greater co-operation between GPs and employers is key.
"For these policies to have an impact the communication between employers and GPs must be improved. Our figures show that there is confusion around GPs current role in workplace health. Only 6% of GPs think employers are doing enough to help rehabilitate their staff to work sooner. But employers believe that GPs are not playing an effective role as they could with the majority believing that GPs are too quick to sign sick notes. This gap must be bridged to make this policy a success and get people back to work."
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Norwich Union Healthcare was founded in 1990 as the healthcare arm of Norwich Union and now provides a range of private medical insurance, income protection, occupational health and group life products and services that cover over 2,400,000 lives. It is one of the largest providers of income protection and private medical insurance in the UK.
Norwich Union Occupation Health, a sister company of Norwich Union Healthcare, provides occupational health solutions and services to a wide range of industry sectors. By utilising their large fleet of purpose built mobile clinics and approved medical centres, staffed by a team of experienced occupational physicians and nursing staff, the services are designed to meet the individual needs of clients.
Norwich Union Healthcare is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the Association of British Insurers and the Financial Ombudsman Service.
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