New template of medical certificate
The SFE worries about the rumor that recently circulated regarding a new template of medical certificate that could be used as from July 2015.
It becomes perfectly clear that the disastrous reform that entered into force in 2014 is now producing perverse side effects. The shift to 40 hours a week has increased the burnout among the staff, inducing additional absenteeism.
Rather than addressing the problem up-stream, by taking care of the wellbeing of the staff, the administration wants to impose a new template of medical certificate that would mention the diagnosed pathology. On top of being illegal, that would put the burden on the whole staff, rather than properly address few problematic cases.
We have immediately decided to write to the President of the National Council of Physician Doctors, who swiftly replied.
The answer is crystal clear: « The medical certificate addressed to the employer can refer neither to the diagnostic nor to the pathology ».
In other words, this means that in no way can medical data, by definition personal and confidential, be handled by administrative staff. Only doctors may have access to it.
As a consequence, the SFE will closely follow this file, and will lodge a complaint before the competent jurisdiction, should any violation of medical ethics and deontology occur within our Institution.