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“I need you to sign this, doctor”

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7073.80 (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:80
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh
  1. general practitioner, London

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    He had been a patient at a practice down the road for 10 years, but today he had chosen to reregister with me. Funnily enough, this was also the day that his sick note was due for signing. There was no acute problem, and, of course, we did not have his medical record. It was not an ordinary sick note that he wanted, but one which stated that he was incapable of work both now and in the future, so that he could send it off with some forms to his pension department. He looked at me like a dog waiting to be tossed a piece of …

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