GPs bombarded with millions of dubious requests

first_img2. Workplace is too stressful Comments are closed. 2. Depression 1. Back pain 5. Flu 5. A legitimate excuse to skive off work 3. Their holiday request was refused or they didn’t want to use their holiday entitlement GPs bombarded with millions of dubious requestsOn 4 May 2004 in Personnel Today Top reasons for getting sicknotes Top causes for sicknote requestscenter_img 4. Other stress-related problems 4. Fatigue 3. Workplace stress Source: Norwich Union 1. Embarrassment over a personal crisis they couldn’t tell their employer about Up to nine million of the 22 million requests for GP sicknotes each year aresuspicious, according to new research from Norwich Union. Norwich Union Healthcare’s latest Health of the Nation Index foundthat doctors think almost a quarter of the 577 requests each doctor gets everyyear are questionable at best, and nearly a fifth of them are invalid. This follows a survey of 1,000 HR professionals and 300 doctors by PersonnelToday and sister magazine Doctor in 2003, which revealed that both doctors andHR wanted a rethink on the system. The study found more than 80 per cent of doctors no longer wantresponsibility for writing sicknotes, while 77 per cent admitted to issuingthem too easily. As a result, HR professionals reported an increase in thenumber of staff signed off sick. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said employersand GPs must work together to help the system run more efficiently. Ben Willmott, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, said: “Ourresearch shows that tackling absence management is one of the biggest prioritiesfor employers. But to be effective, they must ensure they have progressivepeople management policies, which are less likely to lead staff to wake upthinking ‘I don’t feel like going in today’. “This means ensuring they are treated fairly at work and have thesupport, training and recognition to help them achieve their targets,” hesaid. ● www.healthofthenation.com  ● www.personneltoday.com/goto/21080   Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more