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Sick Leave

  • 16-05-2022 7:41pm
    #1
    Registered Users Posts: 9


    hi can a hr department ask to contact your gp if you have been out sick with the same complaint twice?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,505 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble


    Yes, they can ask.

    You don't have to give permission.

    But if you don't, they will likely ask you to see a doctor who they choose next time you are sick.

    Post edited by Mrs OBumble on


  • Registered Users Posts: 9 BARNEWALL


    Ok thanks for your reply



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,891 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1


    Steady on, absolutely no employer or HR Department can contact an employee's GP seeking anything, particularly medical information. They'll be told politely NO.

    The Employer if they have any concerns can request an employee attend a doctor employed directly by the company for a medical exam.

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.




  • Registered Users Posts: 10,157 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge


    They seem to have asked for permission to make contact. That is a different scenario.



  • Registered Users Posts: 26,891 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1


    Apologies, I miss understood, I miss read and assumed OP asking if employer could contact GP.

    GP will require OP to give permission officially and probably in writing, GP"s as a rule very, very reluctant to share their patients medical information and thats how it should be.

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.




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  • Registered Users Posts: 25,505 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble


    Agreed.

    But depending on the situation, the OP may prefer the employer to get factual information from their GP, rather than having another assessment by a doctor they don't know.

    Post edited by Mrs OBumble on


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,891 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1


    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,316 ✭✭✭cml387


    Nevertheless the GP will only give out the information that the OP is either fit or unfit to return to work so I don't see what the advantage is.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,157 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge


    No, they have to give some indication of the nature of the illness. For Prolonged or repeated sick leave employers can have rights to some medical records or additional medical consultation with the employee’s consent.

    Post edited by Jim_Hodge on


  • Registered Users Posts: 532 ✭✭✭AnRothar


    Being on "sick leave" does not preclude an employer dismissing an individual.

    In order to remain employed the OP must be "fit" to carry out the work entailed as per their job description.

    If a pattern emerges whereby by it is looking potentially to HR that the OP falls under this category then a competent HR dept will commence action sooner rather than later.

    The HR dept cannot go simply asking the OP's doctor for their records but they can ask the OP to allow contact SPECIFIC to the illness.

    The OP can politely refuse.

    Further action will then be covered by the contract/staff handbook/policies and procedures.



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