No sick notes during tourney, say doctors

DOCTOR Lebohang Phahladira, president of the SA Registrars Association, hopes doctors will not give sick notes to employees wanting to bunk work during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Phahladira said he was aware of doctors' tendency to issue sick notes without verifying that patients cannot work.

"But I hope doctors will refrain from doing that since it gives our profession a bad reputation."

Doctor Kgosi Letlape said he did not think doctors would issue sick notes indiscriminately. He said the majority of doctors were ethical. Those who are not should be reported to the Health Practitioners Council, he said.

Asked if he would dodge work during the World Cup, Jacob Nkingwa said: "If companies have big screens in the office a lot of people will be encouraged to come to work."

Edison Kamuto said: "I will try by all means to go to the stadium."

Joseph Matarirano's wish is that companies should allow employees to go on leave.

Chris Mabizela: "I will have to take leave. I will try to enjoy the World Cup with other people."