Talk:Get a note from your doctor
I've just changed the parenthesis to "(at least 7 days from receipt of your reply to this request)" from "(at least 7 days from receipt of this request)".
Is that OK?
There was a thread about exams and doctors notes on DNUK today (http://www.doctors.net.uk/Forum/viewPost.aspx?post_id=1469485&forum_id=12).
Any specific guidance on this?
--Penglish 17:22, 12 January 2006 (CET)
How about putting the letter a downloadable Word document (or equivalent Open source file)? Mark ong
Will do. I'll convert to PDF tomorrow, and make possible for the user to fill it in from their Acrobat Reader before printing out. --A.l.brown 17:54, 10 February 2006 (CET)
- Interactive PDF version now uploaded! --A.l.brown 15:46, 11 February 2006 (CET)
The managingabsence.org.uk link seems to take you to a sort of search page, rather than the "Self certification rules including a leaflet explaining how it works to download and hand out to patients" it says. Has it changed? --Penglish 10:42, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
Court appearances etc.
There have been a number of threads on DNUK about patients requesting notes to excuse them from court, jury service, community sentences, or probation. This is the most recent. There has been a lot of advice given in previous threads, which I have not looked up... Does this more-or-less cover it, and is it accurate? --Penglish 16:03, 19 August 2008 (BST)
- A more recent DNUK thread provides a link to guidance at http://www.sopg.scot.nhs.uk/Report%20-%20Consultants.htm but I can't load this page at present - perhaps it's only accessible from nhs computers, and possibly only those in Scotland? A poster has ?pasted the following from that document (I assume that's what it is):
- 5.17 The Group considered the practice of medical certification on the basis "Of soul and conscience", that a practitioner is unable, for health reasons, to participate in a disciplinary or other formal inquiry procedure. In one particular case where a practitioner had been suspended, the practitioner had presented a "soul and conscience" certificate two days before the hearing and the disciplinary hearing had consequently been delayed. In view of the significance and implications to practitioners of signing such certificates, the Group agreed that guidance to General Practitioners on the issuing of such certificates should be reinforced.
- 5.18 Most "soul and conscience" certificates are requested for the purposes of the Courts or Tribunals to determine whether accused persons, witnesses or jurors are medically unfit to attend Court or the Tribunal. Great care and thought must be given to such certification, which should be issued only, where there are very good medical grounds for excusing attendance. Witnesses, accused and jurors must not be allowed to browbeat or persuade doctors to certify unfitness for court. General practitioners are advised to sign such certificates only when they firmly believe that their patient is unfit. The General Medical Council, in its booklet "Good Medical Practice"3 urges doctors to consider carefully any and all certificates that they sign; paragraph 41 states that: -
- "Registered medical practitioners have the authority to sign a variety of documents, such as death certificates, on the assumption that they will only sign statements they believe to be true. This means that you must take reasonable steps to verify any statement before you sign a document. You must not sign documents which you believe to be false or misleading."
- 5.19 Failure to heed this advice may render the doctor liable to a charge of serious professional misconduct and all of the consequences.