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Self-certification for Brief Spells of Sickness Absence

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5637.144 (Published 18 January 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:144
  1. P. J. Taylor

    Abstract

    An arrangement is described for manual workers of an oil refinery to certify their own short spells of sickness absence instead of obtaining a medical certificate. No serious abuse has been found, and these spells of absence are more evenly spread throughout the week than those certified by a doctor. This system can help to reduce both the work-load of practitioners and the lost time in industry.