Sicknote pressure could backfire on business

June 2004
Management Services;Jun2004, Vol. 48 Issue 6, p6
Academic Journal
This article reports that calls by general practitioners to relieve them of the pressure of writing out sick notes for patients will allegedly impact businesses unless a sensible alternative is provided, warns legal firm Rowe Cohen. General practitioners have called on the British government to change the current system after research by 'Doctor & Personnel Today' magazine found that 80% of physicians no longer want the responsibility of writing sick notes. Apparently, many say that they are just too busy and issue them without question. Nichola Upperton Evans, employment partner at Rowe Cohen, said that it has been well documented that general practitioners have a lot on their plate, but staff absence is also a huge problem and it is not as simple as saying that general practitioners no longer have to conduct such an activity. In addition, it has been stated that the problem of staff taking days off without actually being ill is a problem that needs to be controlled and if the responsibility is taken away completely from general practitioners, companies will be forced to take on the additional cost of employing an in-house health professional. It is estimated that British workers take a total of 166 million sick days each year, which is around 6.8 days per employee.


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