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Our response to the Sickness Absence Review

Published: 01 Feb 2013

In 2011 the Government asked for a critical review of sickness absence in Great Britain. They recently published their response to this Sickness Absence Review and below is the response from Doug Wright, our Medical Director here at Aviva UK Health.

“Aviva welcomes the Government’s response to the Sickness Absence Review and its particular focus on early intervention through the establishment of the Independent Assessment Service (IAS).  It is vital that timely and comprehensive advice is available to enable people to return to work as quickly as possible and Government should work with providers of services aimed at addressing sickness absence issues to help develop the IAS.

“In Aviva’s Health of the Workplace report, we found that employers most needed financial support from the government to deal with long-term sickness and reintegration into the workplace and that tax incentives would most encourage them to implement health and wellbeing initiatives.

“We are therefore disappointed that the Government has not brought forward concrete proposals to offer tax relief on relevant insurance and rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy, private medical treatment, health & well-being promotion and healthcare insurance.  We already support our corporate customers with outcome focused rehabilitation services as part of our PMI and GIP propositions and believe that incentivising these through tax incentives for employers would allow more people to benefit from them.”

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