The sick leave certificates issued by Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corp (PHCC) has been updated in a way that it would not require the signature of the physician or the stamp of the health facility that issued it.
The certificate will be issued electronically with an e-signature and barcode, a medical source told local Arabic daily Arrayah Monday.
The system will be implemented initially at government health facilities only.
As for the private health facilities, sick leave certificates will continue to be signed and stamped in the usual way.
These certificates could be issued to HMC and PHCC employees, students and employees of all organisations and entities.
The Department of Health Practitioners at the Ministry of Public Health has developed this system to save time and effort of both the health professionals and patients and to keep pace with the technological development at the various departments in the country.
The source explained that the physician concerned would fill in the sick leave form on the computer with the necessary information indicating the name of the patient and the number of off days required.
Then, the certificate will be ready for print to be submitted at the designated entity without the need of a handwritten signature or a stamp.
In the meantime, the source revealed that the denomination of assistant physician has been introduced as part of the categories of registration and licenses for physicians.
The decision is meant to support Qatari and expatriate graduates of Qatar University and give them opportunity to start their professional careers in medicine without undermining the safety of patients or the quality of the health care services in the country, Arrayah added.