Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doctor Issued 'Bogus' Sick Note

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doctor Issued 'Bogus' Sick Note

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Byline: By Amanda Crook Health Correspondent

A prominent North-East family doctor and complementary health expert is being investigated for allegedly issuing a bogus sick note.

Newcastle GP Dr Anand is the centre of an investigation by Newcastle Primary Care Trust - responsible for GP services in the city.

Dr Anand - who describes himself as a "holistic doctor" - has become well known as a health expert after contributing to a number of television and radio programmes.

He also faces possible disciplinary proceedings from the General Medical Council, which says that, if the allegations are proved to be true, he could be struck off.

Dr Anand works at the Elmfield Health Group, Elmfield Road, Gosforth, New-

castle. Last night neither he or a spokeswoman at the practice wished to comment on the issue.

Dr Debbie Freake, medical director for Newcastle PCT, said: "The PCT takes very seriously any allegations that one of our GPs may have inappropriately issued a sick note.

"The PCT cannot condone the issuing of sick notes for non-medical reasons.

"We will be investigating this allegation as a matter of urgency and will be reminding all GPs of their responsibilities and duties as a doctor."

She added: "We cannot comment further at this time."

Dr Anand is alleged to have issued a sick note to an undercover Sunday newspaper reporter who told him she wanted to take time off work to go on holiday.

The newspaper claimed that during a five-minute consultation Dr Anand said he would diagnose the reporter with a chest infection although she had explained that she just wanted to take a holiday.

Dr Anand has previously spoken about the issue of sick notes.

He said in a newspaper interview: "If I am totally honest, I believe that we do sign off people on the sick far too quickly and far too easily these days. …

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