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GP practices to provide advice on job seeking in new pilot scheme


Is it a good idea - in principle as well as in terms of more pressure on GP's? Getting people "back to work" is currently a pretty toxic policy theme of this government, championed by Ian Duncan Smith and the DWP. Are GP's going to get involved, however indirectly, in the pressure to declare benefit claimants fit for work? How are patients already experiencing the punitive regime of WCA, sanctioning, being berated by the press as 'scroungers' - how might they feel about their GP joining the 'get to work' hoo-ha? As a psychotherapist I'm already really concerned about the psychological coercion built into Jobcentre work programmes. Are we going to see GP practices providing another plank in the government's campaign to demonise (sorry, help) physically and mentally disabled people with the "you should be working/work is good for you" stick?

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12 Sep 2015

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