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Independents' Day

GP benefits appeal is emotional blackmail

I refer to the Department of Work and Pensions chief medical officer's patronising reply (May 12) to Dr Jason Twinn's simple and logical request that the new six-page incapacity benefit form (IB113), with its increased workload implication, should attract adequate remuneration from his department.

Professor Mansel Aylward, rather than addressing this simple question, pursues the course of emotional blackmail. No GP would put the patient's welfare at risk. Surely this does not excuse the DWP bureaucrats from increasing our workload without increasing the fee accordingly, which still stands at a paltry £17.

We charge almost this

for a private sicknote!

Most GPs, like myself, will continue completing these forms and return them with a letter insisting that if the fee is not reviewed then we may have to consider 'other steps'.

One would imagine Professor Aylward would have learnt something from the GP protests in Scotland against the adults with incapacity Act leading to its swift demise (although I believe the bureaucrats responsible for the Act prefer to use the term 'revision').

I suggest Professor Aylward plays his 'moral high ground' card elsewhere before dumping his shortcomings on grassroots GPs. And if he thinks the matter rests here, I'm afraid he is deluding himself.

Dr JA Khan


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