Fit notes are also known as a 'Statement of fitness for work' or a 'Med3 form' and were introduced in April 2010 replacing the 'sick note'. Doctors issue fit notes to people to record the advice they have given about their fitness for work.
From January 2016 the Department of Work and Pensions will start to collect anonymous data on fit notes issued in England and will start publishing the data from spring 2016.
The data will help them gain a better understanding of sickness absence and develop policy to help people with health conditions return to work earlier.
We know that for the majority of people, work can be good for their health. Understanding more about sickness absences will help provide services where they are most needed to support patients, their families and communities.