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Poor health costs UK £100bn, report says

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POOR health is costing the UK economy £100bn a year, according to a new report.

Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, by former Royal College of Physicians president Dame Carol Black, estimates that 175 million working days were lost to illness in 2006.

The report calls for a shift in attitudes among both employees and employers to prevent ill health.

It also called for the NHS to make early interventions to prevent ill health occurring in the workplace.

Instead of the current GP 'sick note' system, their should be a 'fit note' that states what patients can do, recommended Dame Black.

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