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Govt’s Sick Sheet Order

  Government health centres  will be told to remove notices stating that sick sheets will only be issued till midday or 1pm. Assistant Health Minister Veena Bhatnagar yesterday confirmed that
23 Apr 2016 10:50
Govt’s  Sick Sheet Order
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Government health centres  will be told to remove notices stating that sick sheets will only be issued till midday or 1pm.

Assistant Health Minister Veena Bhatnagar yesterday confirmed that these notices were not part of any ministry directive.

She said it was in fact an inconvenience for genuinely sick people visiting health centres.

“There are cases when genuinely sick people reach health centres after 1pm and it is not right to ask them to come back the next day for a

sick sheet,” she said.

Scrutiny of sick sheets in the private and public health sectors has increased since the Fiji Sun exposed a Suva suburb private doctor giving sick sheets without examining patients. He collected fees but gave no receipts.

Ms Bhatnagar said night shift workers visited health centres which were open at night.

If they needed sick sheets after being attended to by doctors they should receive them there and then, not to come back the next day.

“On that note, we do have very strict policies on how and when a doctor can issue sick sheets and it needs to be done in genuine cases only following a thorough checkup. We will not entertain any doctors giving out sick sheets for non-genuine reasons,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

Meanwhile, employers are continuing to come forward with questionable sick sheets.

One Nadi employer sent questionable sick sheets to this newspaper which had been issued by a Nadi doctor.

The doctor will join others who are subjects of sick sheet complaints expected to be lodged with the Fiji Medical Council.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki.

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