Fake Sick-Note Writers in Wis. Protests Under Fire

Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 11:35 AM

By Martin Gould

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Doctors who wrote fake sick notes for Wisconsin protestors are facing disciplinary action for threatening the public’s trust in the medical profession.

wisconsin, sick, note, writersEight are already under investigation by the state’s Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board and the University of Wisconsin is looking at 22 claims, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

U of W's School of Medicine and Public Health said those found guilty could lose pay and leadership position.

“Personnel action will be based on the specific nature of the offense and the level of the physician’s involvement,” said the school.

One UW GP who admitted writing hundreds of notes said they were genuine because many protestors were suffering from stress. “Some people think it’s a nod-and-a-wink thing, but it’s not,” said Dr. Lou Sanner.

The school district in Madison, the state capital, has already given more than 1,000 teachers who called in sick the chance to rescind fraudulent notes and not face disciplinary action. It is not known how many took advantage of the amnesty.

Thousands of protestors descended on the Wisconsin State Capitol for days earlier this year to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to curb union power.

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