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Sick-Note Britain: How Social Problems Became Medical Issues – ‘an important book that prompts serious consideration’

first_img No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website In his book Sick-Note Britain, Dr Adrian Massey makes the case for why doctors should be left out of sickness certification. OH advisor Libby Morley finds his arguments compelling.Written in five sections that address sickness, certification, medicalisation, workplace and the law, and solutions (and with wonderfully entertaining sub-headings within each) this book is a must-read.Whilst of particular interest to those working in occupational health, this book will stimulate and enlighten any reader. As I progressed through each section, I felt it raised more questions than (easy) answers; this was however enjoyable and offered a mental feast to digest!“Measuring the Indescribable” provides an opportunity for the reader to consider how on earth can one objectively measure how a person feels and their ability to work. It asks if someone is deemed fit but could be harmed through working, should they work anyway?The author describes the extent of sickness absence, the costs and the challenge of knowing for sure that a person’s inability to work is genuine. Certainty is easier in those cases where an obvious impairment exists, but what about the many cases where the symptoms are more subjective such as “feeling tired, pained (or) anxious”? There is scope for exaggeration in these instances and the option of taking advantage of the recompense provided by the state or the employer.The scene is now set to dig a little deeper in the section entitled “Trench Warfare”. Here we are taken on a social journey from the times of “hunter-gatherer” and the very close community ties where everyone knew each other well and had no doubt about their neighbours need for support, and in the vein of reciprocity would do their bit to enable the whole community to thrive.Then through industrialisation, automation and globalisation the responsibility for providing welfare in the event of sickness became the responsibility of either the state or the employer, and so required some way of checking and authorising the process.Loss of trustTrust is no longer possible as the relationship between the unwell and the (financial) saviour is largely an anonymised one. To satisfy the wider population, who are no longer close enough to be satisfied that a colleague is deserving, we now have to be reassured by a process run by “bureaucratic instruments” to govern the welfare state.Doctors have become central to this process, possibly (as the author suggests) in an attempt for employers, employees and the state to shirk responsibility. Pages 47-48 provide an entertaining description of how ludicrous is the suggestion that a doctor is the best person to determine an employee’s fitness to work! You will enjoy this section entitled “Doctor Priests”!The book continues to offer a useful history of welfare support over the decades, the moral hazards for doctors being relied upon to provide sick notes, people’s increased sense of entitlement, the pressures on the time of the GP, the fact that in most cases an underlying cause of illness is rarely found, the over-reliance by the legal system on medical assessment tools, the influence of our peers on how we ourselves feel and modern societies unhappiness.This is an important book that prompts serious consideration of the many and varied angles it reaches. Employers, politicians, employees, GPs, occupational health advisors and probably Joe public would do well to read this!Libby Morley is an occupational health nurse advisor and the owner of the Mindshift ConsultancySick-Note Britain: How Social Problems Became Medical Issues by Dr Adrian Massey is published by C Hurst and available now online and in bookshops Previous Article Next Article Sick-Note Britain: How Social Problems Became Medical Issues – ‘an important book that prompts serious consideration’On 5 Jul 2019 in Personnel Todaycenter_img Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

PM Modi tells students what they can learn from Anil Kumble

first_imgImage Courtesy: narendramodi.in/PTIAdvertisement 4u3v4xgNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbqoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5gml28( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9g82saWould you ever consider trying this?😱bmCan your students do this? 🌚fhwackRoller skating! Powered by Firework Back in 2002, the cricketing world saw a miracle happen. India’s iconic bowler Anil Kumble was present at the field in a Test match against West Indies, but with a bandage around his face. Despite the grave injury, the veteran continued to perform on the pitch, setting example for the cricketing fans and future generation of sportsperson to follow. This was the very example India’s Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi used telling students how to deal with exams.Advertisement Image Courtesy: narendramodi.in/PTIOn Monday at ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha 2020’, an event where our Honourable PM addressed students about the importance of examinations and how to use the best method for preparation, Anil Kumble’s memorable feat was mentioned.Kumble, who is now working as a coach and commentator past his career days, posted the video of PM Modi’s speech on the incident on his official Twitter handle. The 49 year old added a caption, expressing his gratitude to the PM for mentioning hisname, and also wished good to the students: “Honoured to have been mentioned in #ParikshaPeCharcha2020 Thank you Hon. PM @narendramodi ji. Best wishes to everyone writing their exams.” Check out the clip below-Advertisement Addressing  the students in the event at Gyandeep Global School in Harlalpur, Uttarakhand, PM Modi remembered the Windies Test match, and Kumble’s heroic deed as an example on how to face examinations.“In 2002 we saw the Indian team went to play against West Indies. In that time, our brilliant bowler Anil Kumble was injured from a bouncer, and his whole jaw was broken, alot of bandages were used.”While batting in Antigua, Kumble was hit by the ball, and suffered a jaw fracture. While a surgery was immiment and everyone expected the superstar to be out for the rest of the series, a bandaged Kumble came out of the pavilion and went back onto the field.The PM continued: “Even if he didn’t play, the country wouldn’t have blamed him. But he decided ‘No, I have the courage. Its ok if there is pain,’ but no matter how much bandage was needed, he went back on the field.”Kumble’s miraculous deed didn’t just end there. The spinner continued to bowl for 14 overs, keeping the host batting lineup under pressure. And the moment that turned the match, was him getting the legendary BRian Lara’s wicket, sending him back to the dugout on just 4 runs with an LBW.“And with securing Brian Lara’s wicket, he changed the outcome of the whole match. One man, and this much determination, becomes a big factor for the motivation of others.” PM Modi added.Also read-Anil Kumble takes KXIP reins as head coach for IPL 2020Virat Kohli turns into Santa to give children at shelter home the best X-Mas ever! Advertisementlast_img read more