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


I would suggest that HCPs put their own house in order first. Meaning that many work for Atos Healthcare, the prime contractor to the DWP for the WCA "assessments" that caused this problem of mounting numbers of appeals against decisions to withdraw benefits from seriously ill patients. The problem is further compounded by the insistence of the DWP to send claimants back for another assessment even when they win their appeals in court. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has resolutely refused so far to reveal the numbers of claimants that have actually died soon after the cessation of benefit payments. This is the reality of the situation now, people are dying because of benefit cuts and the government won't even admit how many. Is it any wonder that many will seek help from their GPs? For many it will be the last port of call before they depart forever.

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03 Sep 2013

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