‘I didn’t sign up to be a truant officer’: Why this GP is sick of sick notes

Dr Max Mollenkopf says the requests chew up his time and take appointments away from those who need them.
Staff writer
Dr Max Mollenkopf.

A GP frustrated at spending at least half an hour a day seeing patients for sick notes says he did not spend years studying to become a “truancy officer”. 

Dr Max Mollenkopf estimates he sees two patients a day at his Newcastle practice, in the heart of NSW’s mining region, for the sole reason of supplying a certificate for their self-limiting illnesses.