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Long term sickness absence: General practitioners have crucial role but need political support

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1087
  1. Graeme M Mackenzie (, general practitioner
  1. Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7RG

    EDITOR—I believe that general practitioners, with their records and knowledge of these common conditions, are in the best position to make decisions on absence from work.1 However, the system needs to change to reflect the greyness of most of these decisions. In some conditions there are no issues …

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