Gil Baldwin, of Norwich Union Healthcare, says:
"Carol Black's review shows the sheer scale of the impact of ill health on the economy. The report must act as a catalyst for a change within the workplace health culture in the UK. A quarter of all companies do not know where to access information and support when it comes to occupational health. This rises to just under half amongst small businesses. This information vacuum needs to be a primary target for the Government if they are to make serious headway in workplace health. Getting the relationship right between employers and GPs is crucial. Only 6% of GPs think employers are doing enough to help rehabilitate their staff to help them return to work sooner. Yet 85% of employers believe GPs are too quick to sign sick notes. Clearly this relationship needs to be improved.”
Norwich Union Healthcare will continue to work closely with the Government's Work, Health and Wellbeing directive, lending expertise in the development of a 'wellness note' and encouraging the facilitation of a return-to-work culture where GPs, employers and employees all acknowledge their responsibility to make this a reality."
Private medical insurance: News update: April 2008