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EXPOSED-Sick Sheet Issue Exposed

  A private doctor in a Suva suburb has been issuing sick sheets to his patients without examination and receipts, it has been revealed. This was exposed by two Fiji
20 Apr 2016 10:16
EXPOSED-Sick Sheet Issue Exposed
Sick Sheet Issue

 

A private doctor in a Suva suburb has been issuing sick sheets to his patients without examination and receipts, it has been revealed.

This was exposed by two Fiji Sun employees who posed as patients and separately visited his medical clinic yesterday after a tip-off.

The first worker went in shortly after 9am. The receptionist enquired whether she needed a sick sheet or checkup.

The worker replied sick sheet. The receptionist then ushered her into the doctor’s room and informed him that the ‘patient’ was there for a sick sheet.

She was then asked by the doctor what sickness to put on the sick sheet and how many days was needed. She informed the doctor to write conjunctivitis as the reason. The doctor then offered to give the sick sheet for three days.

He charged $20 for this. When asked for a prescription, the doctor asked for another $10 to write it.

The second Fiji Sun staff went in after 2pm. He was also asked by the receptionist if he was after a check-up or just a sick sheet. He informed the receptionist that he was there for a sick sheet only.

When the staff was seen by the doctor, he was asked to provide a reason for sick sheet. He also said conjunctivitis. He was was given two days sick sheet.

Neither employee had any sign of conjunctivitis (red eye). Both said the doctor did not conduct any examination.

When contacted yesterday, the doctor said he saw nothing wrong in giving sick sheets to the two for conjunctivitis.

“When there is an epidemic going around, it is normal to give this. And the difference in charges

is due to difference in time taken during consultation.”

Health Minister Jone Usamate when informed of this said: “We expect out doctors to be ethical and not to provide sick sheets without any valid reason.”

The matter is expected to be forwarded to the Fiji Medical and Dental Board for their investigations today.

 

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 

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