The Prime Minister suggests GPs will be disciplined, sent for retraining and potentially fail revalidation if they issue sicknotes excessively. He forgets that countries with no social security benefits don't have this problem.
A few years back a very well-built man came out of prison and went to social security for money and was told to seek a sicknote from his GP. The GP refused and suggested he find a job. The man clenched his fist, almost touching the GP's nose, and informed him: 'Had I not known you from childhood I would have flattened your nose.'
The Prime Minister should blame the system not the doctor. He is welcome to come to surgery and sit by me and see the workload and stress we have to cope with.
There is an epidemic of GP bashing going but no one seems to understand the real problems that confront GPs.
Dr RP Yadava