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GPs struggle to cope with 21% rise in requests to verify work capability since January


Hmm, what I am getting here is a mix of anger about workloads but some disappointingly unpleasant views as well. Its like this: those requesting your help to hold onto the pittance they receive will invariably be your most vulnerable and sick patients, the very one's who need your help most. They are 'resource hungry' it's true and with an ageing population and more people living longer with chronic health conditions this will not get any easier. I know it's easier to treat the 'worried well' but that is not what the job is about. If you don't help sick people hold onto the money they need then they will get sicker and bother you more: we all know 'poverty kills'. If there is a problem with the statutory requirements to provide medical information to support the DWP's decision making processes then take that up with the government, please do not take it out on your patients. If they are coming to you for help, it is because they HAVE to and they ARE your patients. The point about ATOS being paid to duplicate the work of GP's and other HCP's is well made. They are their to administer an essentially useless 'test', the WCA. Even Judges in Upper Tier Tribunals dealing with Appeals recognise this. Still, for this ATOS etc. are handsomely paid. That is how it is. The 'deep state' is committed to this model (as it once was to the 'Poor Law') because it is obsessed with outsourcing and, in this case because it does not trust either patients or GP's and other HCP's to give the answers it wants. Make no mistake, be in no doubt, the government has said time and again that 'helping people' is not the priority. Saving money and effecting a return to a pre 1945 vision of 'welfare' not social security, is it's intention. The NHS and GP's are on the front line and it is no accident that it is also now under sustained attack along with those who need it most. If people can be persuaded it doesn't work then it can be scrapped, bit by bit. It is hard to be empathetic and sympathetic when one is overworked, feeling under attack and 'unloved' yet GP's are relatively well paid, certainly in comparison to their sick patients struggling to survive on benefits. The problem is not your patients it is the system, one we must all work with.

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23 Jul 2013

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