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GP hits back over sicknote claims

Dr Peter Meade has denied a Sunday Times allegation that he 'coached' an undercover journalist on how to get time off sick from her employer. Dr Meade was one of 14 GPs criticised in an investigation for giving patients ­ who said they were healthy ­ bogus or post-dated notes or helping them get time off.

Dr Meade, a GP in Brighton, said his comments were 'misconstrued'. 'I was explaining the mechanism of sick notes. If I did not have to do certification at all I would be delighted. I would much rather be asked to provide a medical opinion.'

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