[Thanks to Eugenie Verney for sending me this information]
The government has announced details of its new 'Fit Note', to replace the MED3 sicknote.
There is currently a 12-week consultation on the design of the Fit Notes, and it is intended that they will come into use in Spring 2010.
Rather than just having a binary 'fit / unfit' to work choice, as per the current forms, the new 'Fit Note' will contain suggestions as to how an unwell individual can be eased back into work.
Details (rather sparse as I send this) here .