No more doctored sick notes

"Getting a sick note is as easy as going down the street & paying R50 for 5 days off from work" - Redi Tlhabi.

Are you sick and tired of your employees being absent from work every Monday? Well there could be a remedy for that that could even see them being sick and fired! Yes, a new app called EDoctorsNote helps employers and Doctors keep track of sick notes, especially fake ones. Why should this concern doctors? Well because some Doctors aren't even aware that they "issue" more sick notes than they thought.

Creators of this new app, Leverage Point spoke to Redi Tlhabi. Their MD Duke Mpapele said the aide is to bring credibility to the doctor's sick note. How this works is that doctors sign up with this system and they are given log in passwords and can upload sick notes THEY issue. This is to make sure no one would steal any doctor's sick notes pads and no one can misuse it without the Doctor's knowledge. Companies can also use this app to keep track of employees' sick notes history and this may discourage employees getting sick notes when they are actually not ill.

If you ever found yourself at a tertiary institution, you have probably come across someone who "sold" sick notes, that's because it's not impossible to get a hold of a Doctor's sick notes pad, and that's what this new app helps trace. Basically, Mondays are back in fashion again and you have run out of excuses to extend your weekend.

The app only works with doctors that are registered with the health professions council, all the patient does is to inform their employer that they are off sick and the employer can log onto the app and see the authenticity of their employee's claim. This means the patient/employer doesn't even need the physical sick note.

40% of sick notes are handed out without diagnosis! This leads to significant loss of productivity and is grounds for dismissal. Fact is that we are human and we do have days when our "human" machine tires up and requires refueling or relaxation, but we should be careful not to abuse this privilege and right.

So what about your traditional healer? It seems the app doesn't recognize them. "I'm a sangoma and I issue sick notes" said one caller to Redi. Duke says they don't make the rules, so they only work with members of the health professions council of South Africa with practice registration number. Bone of contention?

Listen to the entire interview with Duke and Redi, here...

What is your view regarding fake sick notes?

Do you think employers have a fair understanding when you're not fit for work?

Have you ever asked for a sick note when you were fit for work?

Share your view with us here...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
What employees should understand about workplace absenteeism

What employees should understand about workplace absenteeism

Labour law expert Neil Searle explains why bosses need to have clear rules and procedures to follow in cases of absenteeism.

[LISTEN] Who delivered the best Mandela lecture? Barack Obama or Prof Lumumba

[LISTEN] Who delivered the best Mandela lecture? Barack Obama or Prof Lumumba

Eusebius McKaiser and callers on the open line discuss Professor Lumumba's Mandela lecture and the 67minutes for Mandela.

[LISTEN]Former US President Barack Obama slated for being the 'drone president'

[LISTEN]Former US President Barack Obama slated for being the 'drone president'

A fiery debate about the legacy of President Obama about if he was average, great or in some ways even worse than Bush.

'When celebs are involved in domestic violence to say it's so sad is irritating'

'When celebs are involved in domestic violence to say it's so sad is irritating'

Eusebius McKaiser says the public should take a strong view in a case such as the Given and Ipeleng Mkhari assault charges.

'Gag order' against Holomisa will not make bad publicity go away - Karyn Maughan

'Gag order' against Holomisa will not make bad publicity go away - Karyn Maughan

The court ordered Holomisa to stop repeating corruption claims implicating Lebashe Investment Group and other PIC associates.

Mom-to-be? Why your mental health is critical during and after pregnancy

Mom-to-be? Why your mental health is critical during and after pregnancy

Specialist psychiatrists Dr Mashadi Motlana and Dr Lavinia Lumu talk motherhood and mental health.

Popular articles
Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

You’re either a ‘money slave’ or a ‘money master’ (says author of 'My Money')

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Sugar Creek financial expert and author of “My Money” Gerald Mwandiambira.

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Francois Janse van Rensburg, author of “Making Money through Buy-To-Let in South Africa".

Retirement: 8 biggest mistakes people typically make…

Retirement: 8 biggest mistakes people typically make…

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Galileo Capital Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

Friday Profile: Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang

Friday Profile: Nelson Mandela Foundation's Sello Hatang

This Friday Azania Mosaka explores the life of Sello Hatang, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

MTN Walk The Talk with 702: Get your entries in and be part of a united Joburg!

MTN Walk The Talk with 702: Get your entries in and be part of a united Joburg!

Join Joburgers from all walks of life come together peacefully, united in their diversity for a fun family day out.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?