Do “sick and tired” strikers deserve medical notes?


Some Wisconsin doctors could be in hot water because they signed sick notes for striking teachers without normal consultations. Some of the doctors wore white lab coats and offered medical notes to the tens of thousands of protesters who paraded past them. The crowds were demonstrating against a Republican-backed state bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers.

So many teachers were absent in some schools that they had to close for as long as three days. School districts warned that teachers who missed time without authorisation or a doctor's note could be disciplined and even have their pay docked.

The doctors’ generosity was widely criticised. Writing in The Atlantic, columnist Ford Vox, a physician and a journalist, commented.

“A doctor's sick note is a serious document. It represents an employer's desire to verify through a respected, independent, medically qualified third party the fact of an illness and the true need for convalescence. In the videos now circulating online, we witness multiple members of a noted family medicine department trash one of the well-recognized rights and privileges of their profession, with little forethought as to the consequences.” ~ Bloomberg, Feb 21


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