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New 'fit for work' scheme to assess patients by telephone


There is of course more to this than meets the eye. employees are also informed by the DWP that any recommendations from Maximus Healthcare Professionals can be used as evidence re whether an employee is incapable of work. This recommendation can then be used by the Employer whether or not to issue Statutory Sick Pay. Employers are also being given Cash Insentives to take up the scheme and are able to override GPs should they think that it is in their interests to do so in recommending referral to Maximus, 'Fit for Work' Program. It also states in DWP literature that this is aimed at those with Mental Health Issues. The 'help' at their disposal can also include Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and I wonder who will be designing this? could it be another PsychoBabble social experiment via the back door of Camerons 'Nudge Unit' aka Behavioural Insights Team, dishing out their invalidated 'BioPshchoSocial' model of Behavioural Change Program. Also, and even more worrying, was the suggestion of 'conditionality' once someone has signed up, but this appears to be on the back burner for now. And we all know what Conditionality really means. Sanctions, stripping sick people of their means to support themselves and their families in order to cut costs.

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31 Jan 2015

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