Warning over $20 pharmacy sick notes

AMA vice-president Dr Tony Bartone (pictured) is urging the public to ignore the Pharmacy Guild's claims that getting a medical certificate from a GP is a waste of time.

Speaking in defence of $20 pharmacy sick notes on A Current Affair this week, guild president George Tambassis said pharmacies were the best option for patients seeking a day or two off from work for minor illness.

“Our training, especially around minor ailments and medications allows us — within our scope of practice — to assess a patient’s minor illness and issue … an absence from work