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MoH advice given to GPs regarding diagnosis of stress during covid19

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From: Debbie Love

Dear Ministry of Health,

I would like to know the following:

What advice has been given to GPs in relation to diagnosing stress during covid? And why?

What advice has been given to GPs around not to give medical certificates for stress as a result of covid? And why?

Why are GPs being advised to make stress an issue between employers and employees?

What makes the government experts on what constitutes "stress"? Is this not the expertise of the medical profession?

Is this to manipulate data by avoiding acknowledging that the lockdown is the stressor?

Yours faithfully,
Debbie Love

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Kia ora Debbie

Thank you for your request for official information received 7 May 2020
for:

"MoH advice given to GPs regarding diagnosis of stress during covid19

What advice has been given to GPs in relation to diagnosing stress during
covid? And why?

What advice has been given to GPs around not to give medical certificates
for stress as a result of covid? And why?

Why are GPs being advised to make stress an issue between employers and
employees?

What makes the government experts on what constitutes "stress"? Is this
not the expertise of the medical profession?

Is this to manipulate data by avoiding acknowledging that the lockdown is
the stressor?"

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202003117.

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