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GPs in England wrote 6.9 million sick notes between April and December last year, official figures show.

Of these, 93.1% people were declared “not fit for work” and 6.9% “maybe fit for work”.

Of the total number of sick notes sent out in 2018, 3.9 million were issued to women (56.7%) and 3 million to men (43.3%), according to NHS Digital data.

Sick notes, now known as “fit notes”, are issued to people following a doctor’s assessment after their first seven days off work.

In the latest month’s figures – for December – mental health and behavioural disorders accounted for almost a third (32.9%) of the sick notes issued.

Musculoskeletal issues involving muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues were the second most common reason to be signed-off from work.

Knowsley in Merseyside had the highest number of cases, with 3,125 per 100,000 population.

Westminster, in central London, had the least with 688 per 100,000 population.

Areas with the most sick notes per 100,000 population

:: Knowsley (Merseyside) – 3,125
:: Halton (Cheshire) – 3,043
:: South Sefton (Merseyside) – 3,028
:: Sunderland (Tyne and Wear) – 2,992
:: Corby (Northamptonshire) – 2,963

Areas with the least sick notes per 100,000 population

:: Westminster (central London) – 688
:: Camden (north London) – 711
:: Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) – 800
:: Richmond (southwest London) – 802
:: Wandsworth (south London) – 918

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