Sickness certification system in the United Kingdom

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7437.461 (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:461

Doctors are indeed agents of social control

  1. James N Hardy, general practitioner principal (james.hardy@nhs.net)
  1. Bethnal Green Health Centre, London E2 6LL

    EDITOR—Doctors are agents of social control and get paid accordingly. And you'd better believe it because it ain't about to change.

    A cold ain't a cold until you say it is. A person ain't fit to drive until you say they are, and nobody ain't fit to go back to work until you say they are.

    Enter the patient. There are the driven folk, those …

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