Letters Why doctors don’t take sick leave

The need to develop occupational health services for doctors with ill health

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i292 (Published 20 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i292
  1. Drushca Lalloo, consultant physician in occupational medicine1
  1. 1Glasgow, UK
  1. drushca{at}hotmail.com

While I accept the points raised in Oxtoby’s articles,1 2 doctors’ attitudes and behaviours are gradually changing over time. As highlighted, a key concern for most doctors who become ill is the potential impact on their ability to do their job, and for those off sick, when they will be able to return to work. NHS occupational health services can therefore play an important role in …

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