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LMCs could face legal action over template letters for GPs to refuse benefit requests from patients


Dr Carty's gratuitous insult to LMCs as "one trick ponies" displays his ignorance of the role of LMCs as statutory bodies that have been in existence for over 100 years.As a GP and Occ Health GPSWI for 30 years, I am well aware of the incontrovertible evidence that being in work is healthy, and conversely that being out of work (independent of cause) carries a significant added morbidity and mortality.As GPs, we should be supporting our patients into whatever employment, paid or voluntary, that meets their capabilities.We can do this within the Equality Act 2010 by recommending commonsense *GP" adjustments on the Fit Note.In this way, we should help and support our patients' needs rather than submitting to their wants.The WCA is far from perfect.Rather than waste time with argy bargy about appeal letters, we should be working to reform the WCA process.In the interim, I strongly support the LMC's attempt to ensure that GPs' time is spent on what we are actually resourced for.

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03 Sep 2013

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