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Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board
The Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board is an independent statutory body set up in 1991 to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Social Security Medical Services doctors on matters relating directly to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance (AA).

Sick Notes
When you are unwell you do not need a sick note from your GP for the first seven days of your illness. If you need documentation then a 'self-certificate' should be completed using a SC2 form available from your employer or a SC1 form available from the local Social Security office or doctor's surgery should you be self-employed or unemployed.

Employers do not have aright to insist on a note for short-term illness. If, however, your employer does insists on a doctor's sick note for the first seven days of your illness then a private certificate may be issued by your GP. The GP is within his or her rights however to charge for a private certificate. The BMA have a recommended scale of charges for this certificate and for other private work.


Med 3
This is given when a doctor believes the patient should be off work for more than seven days (including Sundays).The GP should see the patient and only issue a Med 3 if (s)he believes the patient to be unfit for work. A second Med 3 can be given if the GP feels it is unlikely that the patient will return to work before or when the Med 3 runs out. This overlapping note 'overrides' the previous one. Duplicates can only be given if the first note is lost. The replacement should be clearly marked 'duplicate'.

Sicknotes can be 'open' or 'closed'. An 'open' notes specifies a duration of time - 2 weeks, 4 weeks or three months. A 'closed' note specifies a date for the patient to return to work. This must be within 14 days.