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GPs offered advisory service to help with long-term sick

GPs will be able to refer patients with complicated problems that keep them off work to a new advisory service, the Government has announced.

Launching in 2014, the major new service will provide assessments and advice to GPs, employers and the employee to help those on sick leave get back into the workplace.

Dr Rob Hampton, Leicestershire GP and occupational health expert said: ‘At last GPs will be able to refer complex cases of sickness absence in the same way as they can seek specialist healthcare advice for their patients.

‘The way the service will be commissioned is yet to be decided but I am hopeful that GPs, through CCGs and health and wellbeing boards, will have a significant influence on shaping the service.’

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  • This is a rediculous idea.
    If someone is off work due to a long term health condition that will not improve, I can assure you this individual will not want harassing back into work.

    It strikes me our present government don't give a toss about the GP's final say in a matter.

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  • Sorry for posting anonymously, I get fed up of being harassed by pressure groups.
    The vast majority of people on long term sickness benefit are not incapable of all work. Those with drug and alcohol problems have made a lifestyle choice which should not be supported by taxpayers. Those with personality disorders are not wanted in the workplace, that is a personality problem not an illness. Those with depression/ME/anxiety would soon find work if benefits were not so generous.
    Many GPs are find it easier to sign a certificate than to address the deeper problems so perhaps an external agency is necessary. I do not work for Atos but have nearly always been in agreement with their findings

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