Verdict in on medical certificates

Half of Australian Doctor’s readers think medical certificates for short-term, self-limiting illnesses are a waste of time and should be scrapped.

The results come from an online poll of 446 health professionals that asked if GPs should continue issuing sick notes for minor illnesses, or if the system was an out-dated way of validating sick leave from work.

Debate over the usefulness of medical certificates came to the fore in mid-March when Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson was attacked by the opposition for presenting a sick note