By Daniel Hunter

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the government to convene a summit of employers and the medical profession to agree measures to tackle sickness absence on the back of a major survey showing that employers have lost faith that the government’s flagship ‘fit note’ programme is delivering on getting people back to work.

The 2013 EEF/Westfield Health Sickness Absence survey, the UK’s largest business survey of sickness absence, suggests improvements in sickness absence seen in recent years have now plateaued and, that further progress will only be made through concerted action to tackle longer-term absence from work.

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