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Meldrum tells GPs to boycott unpaid student MMR drive

Dr Tony Feltbower has welcomed a pilot project in his area aimed at taking the burden of sickness certification away from GPs.

Seven firms, including vehicle manufacturers Peugeot Citroen and London Taxis International based near Dr Feltbower's practice in Coventry, are

involved in the Department of Health-funded scheme.

Methods being considered include workers self-certifying for the first seven days then using their occupational health service rather than a GP. Smaller firms would be given access to remote services.

Dr Feltbower, who is an associate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine as well as a GP, said many GPs 'misunderstood' occupational health issues.

He said: 'Many

think the problem is the work itself when in reality that is usually

just part of what is wrong.'

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