Clinics preparing for surge of police patients needing doctors notes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. –The number of police officers out sick Wednesday with the “Blue Flu” is down, possibly because of a new policy for sick police officers.

Mayor A C Wharton outlined the policy, and called out the hundreds of supposedly “sick” police officers on Wednesday.

“I want them back. I want them back. If they do not come back, there will be consequences.”

Wharton’s harsh words came a day after he changed the police department’s sick policy, making it harder for officers to remain off the job.

“When the word got out that we had a situation in which you can call in one time and don’t have to call in again.  The public was just outraged. That doesn’t exist anywhere else.”

WREG went to one urgent care clinic Wednesday.  We’re not identifying it because of patient client confidentiality conflicts, but this is what one worker said about the change.

“I saw that yesterday and thought we are going to get hit with 100 patients coming to get doctors notes.”

When asked if they had patients who are police officers she said, “We do. But we haven’t seen any to my knowledge yet.”

That’s because the clinician says the officers don’t want to go back to work yet. A big problem for the mayor and the city.

“Whether you call this blue flu, strike, whatever. We’re there now.  We need them back on the force we cannot tolerate this. That’s just point blank.”

14 comments

  • Jason

    Then restore our retirement benefits and don’t take away what was promised to us! NOBODY in this town would take the risk for $50k a year knowing you might suffer a lifetime injury or death with no benefits for your spouse and kids! ABSURD!!!!!

    • Mike

      This is true and it happens often. I remember when assistant prosecutor Tim Beecham was shot and paralyzed while working as a memphis police officer. This poor fellow was/is confined to a wheelchair for life! I believe he was in his twenties when it happened barely making 30 k a year. Very sad!

    • bambam84

      Civilians do it all the time.
      It’s called “living in Memphis.” And we’re not getting paid 50k a year plus “promises,” of health insurance.
      At least not a major portion of us.

      • Samus

        I don’t see you running the streets risking your life. Lets see you go answer a police call or fire.

      • Get Informed

        Well not being rude, but if you think we have it so good. We are probably about to be hiring. I thought 50k a year was a good salary until I got shot at the first time, my wife picked me up from the emergency room 3 times, and about 60 fights ago. Some one on one in the dark. Some with people standing around rooting for the suspect. Come on over.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    no, actually it should show 2 comments! but wreg hasnt let mine be posted!!! why? because im in full support of all these people and deadset against wharton

  • An Officer

    The change to the sick policy is semantics, they require we call and say “I’m not coming in” everyday. Well I’m Still out sick, call or no call. It was standing policy that if you are off more than three days you got a note. By forcing everyone to get a note you effectively prolonged the sick occurrence to one large uncapped block of time instead of the three days they would have taken. The city really screwed up, again.

    Basically “stay off as long as you need to, just bring a note to return”.

  • John

    Hey Wharton you are powerless and your threats make you impotent. Quit wasting time and get your people what they need to serve this community. Remember no skills, no sense, no education elected officials are easier to replace than trained employees.

  • Jen

    Channel 3, you are violating patient privacy laws just by asking if the patients are police officers. Absolutely NONE of your business.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    jen, read 8th paragraph. true, wreg had no busIness callIng that place for Info but also the dr offIce Is In vIolatIon of releasIng any Info, regardless of the fact no names were said.

    • bambam84

      The doctor’s offices are also committing fraud by writing slips for patients they know aren’t sick.
      And if they know that these “patients,” are police involved in the “blue flu,” scandal, and write them anyway, they need to be held accountable.
      Not to mention the backup in the appointment log books for the people that are REALLY sick.

      • Karen

        Ok, sick is subjective. And if you actually believe that every person who goes to dr’s office or ER is sick them you live in a fantasy world! You obviously have no medical knowledge.

  • bambam84

    The doctor’s offices are also committing fraud by writing slips for patients they know aren’t sick.
    And if they know that these “patients,” are police involved in the “blue flu,” scandal, and write them anyway, they need to be held accountable.
    Not to mention the backup in the appointment log books for the people that are REALLY sick.

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