§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the decision taken at the annual conference of local medical committees that general practitioners should not sign any medical certicate (MED3) for the first week of illness.
§ Mr. Rossi
I have taken note of the resolution carried at the local medical committees' conference. As the hon. Member will know from the annex to the recent consultative paper, "Compensating Employers for Statutory Sick Pay", I had already set arrangements in train for discussion with the British Medical Association and both sides of industry, aimed at seeing whether acceptable control procedures can be devised so as to pave the way for self-certification for the first week's absence through incapacity.