Canada's Doctors ask Businesses to Follow Government's Lead on H1N1 Sick

OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Medical Association President Dr. Anne Doig commended the federal government today for easing its requirements for sick notes during the H1N1 pandemic.

The Treasury Board of Canada recently informed its managers that, except in very limited circumstances, medical certificates would not be required from employees who have H1N1 symptoms or have been infected by the virus.

"Canada's doctors thank the federal government for their leadership in this area and we call on all businesses to ease their sick note requirements too," said Dr. Doig. "During this pandemic, doctors want to spend their time dealing with patients and not paperwork. Asking people to provide sick notes for H1N1 increases the risk that others will get infected."

Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace. In a pandemic, this means that employers should be doing everything they can to encourage anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay at home. The Canadian Medical Association also encourages all Canadians - especially those in high-risk groups - to get vaccinated against H1N1.

"Canadians shouldn't be put off by the initial long line-ups for the vaccine, nor should they be overwhelmed by the seemingly contradictory evidence," concluded Dr. Doig. "H1N1 poses a very real risk and getting the vaccine is the best way to protect your health and that of your family."

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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