Should a doctor’s note be compulsory for all sick days?

The discussion and controversy continues over the cost of sick leave after it emerged that sick days cost the civil service more than €26million each year.

The figures have re-ignited the debate about absenteeism in the public service, which the Government has pledged to reduce as part of the Croke Park Agreement.

Ibec has said that sick leave costs the private sector as much as €1.5billion a year.

Should we have to pay for a doctor’s visit any time we are sick?

At present, civil servants have seven days of uncertified sick leave per year but there have been claims made that this is abused and treated as an extra holiday.

The general rule of thumb in the private sector is staff are not required to produce a doctor’s note for short absences.

So what do you think? Should a doctor’s note be compulsory for all sick days?

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