If you have a sick note/fit note from your GP, or are going to ask for one, come February 2016 you will need to explicitly tell your GP you refuse consent for them to pass your ‘fit note’ records onto the Department of Works & Pensions (DWP).

In a measure that a doctor has described as ‘state snooping’ – as reported in Pulse magazine –  the government has told GPs that they must pass on their patients’ fit note records to the DWP, and that although GPs must inform patients this is happening, the only way they – and you – can stop it happening is for patients to explicitly refuse their consent.

To do this, request a secondary uses opt-out from your surgery i.e. 9Nu0 (

The Pulse article says

“GPs, as data controllers, will be required to tell patients in person, via notices in the practice and on the practice website of the impending extraction.”

So please check that your GP has notices in their practice and on their website.

Source: How to refuse consent for your GP to pass your fit note records to DWP | Upper Calder Valley Plain Speaker

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