Additional reason for payment of SSP – self-isolation prior to surgery

11 September 2020

HMRC has updated guidance on the payment of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to confirm that it has now been extended to patients who are told that they must self-isolate prior to surgery, by a doctor or healthcare professional, and are unable to work as a result.

SSP will be payable from day one where a period of absence is four days or more. This is in line with payment of SSP to those who are sick or self-isolating due to coronavirus. If an individual is advised to self-isolate for three days prior to surgery, and cannot attend work on the day of the surgery, then they would also be eligible for SSP.

It is the intention that this will support people in adhering to both clinical and public health advice, as it will deliver financial support in the period that they are self-isolating and unable to work. Other SSP eligibility criteria still apply.


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