Kenneth Dias

Can a Diabetic Employee be asked to produce a medical certificate of fitness to attend normal duties ? Would like some clarity on dealing with such cases.
From India, Nuvem
Dinesh Divekar
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Kenneth Dias
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Dinesh Divekar

Dear Kenneth Dias,

You have asked a query but have not mentioned the nature of the duties of the employee. Secondly, what type of diabetes is it? Is it Type I or Type II?

Symptoms of diabetes often include frequent urination, increased thirst and increased appetite. Therefore, diabetic patients can be given office duties. Since diabetic patients take time to heal their wounds, they may be given jobs that have less chance of physical injury. As the sugar level fluctuates for the person with Type I diabetes, they may not be given duties which require climbing heights or jobs that are physically arduous.

In India, Diabetes is a third killer disease. It is a lifestyle disease. Because of the improper lifestyle, it is spreading fast. It has reached even the children also. However, there is not to be dreaded about it.


Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

@ Kenneth Dias Presuming it is a Type-2 Diab. you can ask a MC from such candidates, with reports on BP, ECG and Eyes (Diab. Retinopathy test)
From India, Aizawl


It depends on the role and responsibility of the employees.

And for what purpose you are collecting medical fitness certificate ? To ascertain their physical fitness to do a particular job or just for file purpose for policy sake ? not sure. If it is normal certificate in today's scenario medical fitness certificate can be easily obtained from Doctors.

However if the nature of the work demands good physical fitness then company may appoint a Doctor and can examine the new joinees before joining and candidates may be advised to submit necessary lab reports ( like HbA1c) to ascertain their sugar levels .

From India, Madras

As per factory act , medical/fitness certificate is mandatory for all employee so asking for some special person/decease is not appropriate but for diabetic patient you can ask some extra information related to their decease. in fact diabetes is also a decease just like other decease yes a Diabetic person required extra precaution for him, as like physically active, exercise, morning walk and control over the food.
From India, Rudarpur

Hi @ O.B.Gautam it is " Disease" and not decease. The meaning of decease is different.
From India, Madras

What is the context for the employee being asked to provide the fitness certificate?
From India, Kochi

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