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Personal Leave for Medical and Dental Appointments

SOME Agencies have recently changed their approach to approving personal leave for employees to attend medical and dental appointments during normal working hours.  The following advice is provided to members on this issue:

 

1.       Where ever possible an employee should schedule medical or dental appointments outside their normal working hours. 

2.       Employees who have access to flexible working arrangement may choose to make up the time taken to attend medical or dental appointments within their flexible cycles.

3.       Personal leave is available to an employee who is absent from work due to personal illness or injury. 

4.       Personal leave is available to an employee who is absent from work to attend a medical or dental appointment.  Normal notice requirements apply.

5.       An employee who is absent from work to attend a medical or dental appointment should obtain a medical certificate from their registered health practitioner stating they attended an appointment.  It is not necessary for the medical certificate to state that the employee was unfit for work as a result of the personal illness or injury.

Examples:

  • An employee who is being treated by a medical practitioner for a long term condition such as high blood pressure who needs to attend a medical appointment regularly to have their blood pressure tested and prescriptions renewed is entitled to personal leave.
  • An employee who is being monitored by a medical practitioner following remission from cancer who needs to regularly attend a medical appointment to be checked is entitled to personal leave.
  • An employee who is being treated by a medical practitioner for a long term condition such as back pain who needs to attend a medical appointment regularly to have their back checked or treated is entitled to personal leave.
  • An employee who is being treated by a psychologist/psychiatrist for a psychiatric condition who needs to attend a medical appointment regularly for counselling or the renew prescriptions is entitled to personal leave.
  • An employee who attends a dental appointment to receive advice or treatment for a chipped or broken tooth is entitled to personal.
  • An employee who attends an appointment with their optometrist to have their eyes checked or to ensure the prescription for their glasses remains appropriate is entitled to personal leave. 

Members who believe their applications for personal leave to attend medical appointments are not being treated fairly should raise their specific circumstances with the CPSU.

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