Get a sick note for £25 - by just filling out a FORM: Anger over online firms ... trends now

Get a sick note for £25 - by just filling out a FORM: Anger over online firms ... trends now
Get a sick note for £25 - by just filling out a FORM: Anger over online firms ... trends now

Get a sick note for £25 - by just filling out a FORM: Anger over online firms ... trends now

Online firms selling same-day sick notes for as little as £25 were today slammed for offering a service that 'threatens to make a mockery of the whole system'.

The letters, allowing customers to be signed off work by UK-regulated medics, were promised with 'no appointments necessary'. 

Customers must just fill out a form, but some ask for people to submit a 30-second video outlining their illness.

Users have hailed the 'excellent' and 'quick' services. One even claimed to obtain their note within just 20 minutes. 

Experts argued the sites proved getting signed off was 'little more than a box-ticking exercise for some'. Others, however, warned the issue will not prove easy to resolve. 

Meanwhile, Home2Lab — seemingly based in North London — offers a workplace medical certificate for as little as £44 for a 'regular request'. Under this option, it the site claims a 'UK doctor' will sign the certificate before sending it via email, 'typically within the same day'

Meanwhile, Home2Lab — seemingly based in North London — offers a workplace medical certificate for as little as £44 for a 'regular request'. Under this option, it the site claims a 'UK doctor' will sign the certificate before sending it via email, 'typically within the same day'

The medics are all registered with the General Medical Council, it claimed — the body responsible for regulating doctors

The medics are all registered with the General Medical Council, it claimed — the body responsible for regulating doctors

The revelation comes after Rishi Sunak today vowed to crackdown on the UK's 'sick note culture', announcing plans to strip GPs of their power to sign Brits off work.

The change would instead see the letters – known in the NHS as 'fit notes' – become the responsibility of teams of 'specialist work and health professionals'.   

MailOnline discovered one seller, Updoc UK, advertising 'sick notes for work' from as little as £24.95. 

The letter, 'accepted by small and large employers alike', gives 'official confirmation of your sickness ensuring you obtain sick leave'. 

It adds: 'Obtain your certification quickly and effortlessly with no appointments necessary.' 

For £24.95, Brits pay a monthly subscription offering 'unlimited prioritised medical letter requests'. 

Signed by a 'UK practitioner', the document is then delivered both via email and text. 

Other options include the 'priority express request', priced at £59.95. This sees patients' applications prioritised 'at the top of the queue', reviewed and signed by a UK practitioner. 

A 'regular request' is also available at £44.95 and sent via email 'usually within the day'. 

MailOnline discovered one seller, Updoc UK, advertising 'sick notes for work' from as little as £24.95. The letter, 'accepted by small and large employers alike', gives 'official confirmation of your sickness ensuring you obtain sick leave'

MailOnline discovered one seller, Updoc UK, advertising 'sick notes for work' from as little as £24.95. The letter, 'accepted by small and large employers alike', gives 'official confirmation of your sickness ensuring you obtain sick leave'

Key points from PM's sick note speech 
Piloting using specialist teams to assess what work people can do, rather than GPs signing them off long-term sick Anyone on benefits for 12 months who does not comply with conditions set by their work coach should be stripped of handouts entirely  Speeding up shift to Universal Credit for those on 'outdated' legacy benefits A benefit fraud crackdown including new powers to carry out warrants for searches, seizures and arrests 

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Meanwhile, Home2Lab — seemingly based in North London

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