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Brits may soon use an app to sign themselves off work under government plans to overhaul the sick note system. 

The move, part of a wider scheme to crackdown on the UK's 'sick note culture', would see people with common infections such as flu automatically given time-off after declaring their own symptoms. 

It would also remove the need to see a doctor. 

Brits battling more complex or longer term illnesses would receive more intensive support, the plans mooted by ministers suggest.  

It comes as Rishi Sunak last week vowed to strip GPs of their power to sign Brits off work.

The move, part of a wider scheme to crackdown on the UK's 'sick note culture', would see people with common infections such as flu automatically given time-off after declaring their own symptoms. Rishi Sunak last week vowed to strip GPs of their power to sign Brits off work

The move, part of a wider scheme to crackdown on the UK's 'sick note culture', would see people with common infections such as flu automatically given time-off after declaring their own symptoms. Rishi Sunak last week vowed 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', he said. 

Under the new system, a 'triage service' would 'support people seeking a fit note into a pathway that best suits their individual health and employment needs', according to a call for evidence published by the government.

Automatic sick notes, however, are likely to be limited to one-off illnesses to prevent Brits from misusing the system, The Times reported. 

The system would also first be tested as a pilot scheme.  

'If I’ve got flu and just need seven days off work and then I’m back, do I really need to see a doctor for that', a government source said. 

Another source added the algorithm was just one of the ideas tested to 'find ways of making triage more efficient in a way that protects GP time', likening it to the existing NHS 111 symptom checker. 

The Prime Minister last week claimed benefits have become a 'lifestyle choice' for some, causing a 'spiralling' welfare bill.

Latest figures suggest 2.8million Britons are 'economically inactive' due to ill health. Around half are

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