Call for more pharmacist sick certificates dismissed

ANOTHER push by pharmacists encouraging patients to seek medical certificates via the pharmacy rather than their GPs has been rejected by doctors.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said last week the call from the Pharmacy Guild for patients to consider gaining medical certificates for work absences from pharmacists was inappropriate, arguing that pharmacists were not adequately trained to make the required medical diagnosis.

The guild’s call was prompted by media reports in which Dr  Hambleton claimed industrial relations laws resulted, too often, in patients who did not require medical treatment or advice being forced to seek medical certificates for their employers. 

“A lot of time is wasted by doctors who have to sign medical forms for people who don’t need medical intervention,” Dr Hambleton was quoted as saying.

Guild national president Kos Sclavos said “the fact that there could be up to 1.5