Vice Chairman of the South African Medical Association, Dr. Mark Sonderup said that sick certificates issued by a doctor must indicate the nature of the illness, only when a patient has given consent.
According to Sonderup, medical practitioners that personally examine patients must first confirm with them that they can share their diagnosis.
This comes after questions by callers over confidentiality rights when an employee’s sick note lacks medical reasoning.
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The primary duty is always to the patient, the secondary duty is to the employer.— Dr. Mark Sonderup, Vice Chairman of the South African Medical Association
Sonderup said the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the and the national act for Health Professions Council govern procedure when it comes to the issuing of employee sick notes.