By Neil Halligan
Doctors in private sector must issue sick leave certificates through new online system
Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has launched a new online system to monitor the issuing of certificates for sick leave.
The Peninsula reports that from December 30 it will be mandatory for all private doctors in Qatar to use the the Central Government Electronic Sick Leave System, also known as E-Jaza, when issuing sick leave certificates.
The new system, which does not apply to doctors working in the state sector, is designed to stop doctors from issuing fake certificates or for giving patients certificates for longer than needed.
The new database would allow doctors to see if a patient has asked for a sick leave certificate from another doctor.
“The idea behind the electronic system is to unify and standardise sick leave certificates in the country and eliminate fake certificates,” acting CEO of QCHP, Dr Jamal Rashid Al Khanji, told the Peninsula. “There have been numerous complaints from employers about misuse of sick leave by their staff through fraudulent medical certificates issued by some doctors,” he added.
The new system will also allow authorities to track patterns of illness and show those who apply for a higher-than-average amount of sick leave.