Labor MP Craig Thomson is the latest Australian worker to be stung by the outdated culture of medical certificates. Mr Thomson fell ill with abdominal pain and was issued a medical certificate that would keep him from Federal Parliament.
The Federal Opposition questioned the nature of Mr Thomson's illness and demanded a certificate from the hospital he attended. For most people, the implications of not having a medical certificate are much less significant than what Mr Thomson is facing. But this case highlights the futility of how we deal with absenteeism due to illness.
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UWA Emeritus Professor Max Kamien has been a doctor for 51 years