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In full: Doctors' letter to the BMA and template benefit support letter

A group of medical professionals, including several GPs, have signed a letter to the BMA urging it to encourage members to support patients in benefit appeals.

A letter from doctors has urged the BMA to publish a template letter for supporting patients in appeals cases where the GP thinks it would otherwise place the patient at risk.

Click here to read the letter and a supporting note from other trade unions

Click here to access the template for supporting benefit appeals

Readers' comments (2)

  • I thinks this group's enthusiasm is misdirected - surely the issue is to make the original assessments fit for purpose and thus significantly reduce the need for appeals, rather than to pressurise GPs who are already working at capacity to spend even more time away from direct patient care producing tick-box templates which may not even be taken into account by the appeal panel - BMA has already publicly condemned the ATOS assessments as unfit for purpose, both from LMC Conference and ARM - GPs are not the problem here, it is the dysfunctional assessment system

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  • Yes, Mr Hughes, it is the dysfunctional system, but make no mistake; people are dying every day by their own hand or by the immense pressure and stress from completing interminable forms for interminable appeals caused by the system.
    Somewhere, in a fragrant part of the coalition's conscience, lurks the true stench of their ideals - let the weakest perish.

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