By ANDREW NICOLL, Scottish Political Editor
A DOCTOR yesterday likened the UK Government’s welfare reform crackdown on disabled people to the “barbarism” of the NAZIS.
Dr Stephen Carty told MSPs they must “fight back” against Westminster’s introduction of tough new tests to see if people are fit to work.
He said the policy could push hospital services to the brink of collapse, and warned the Scottish Government not to use the ‘Nuremberg Defence’ — where Nazi war criminals said they were “only obeying orders”. Dr Carty said: “Now is the time to mobilise a campaign of resistance.”
The Edinburgh GP is part of the Black Triangle Campaign, named after the badges the Nazis forced disabled people to wear in World War Two death camps. The changes have seen over a third of Scots Incapacity Benefit claimants passed as OK to work.
In Clackmannanshire more than half of those on the sick — 51 per cent — were classed as fit.
Holyrood’s Welfare Reform Committee is due to deliver a report on the impact of the changes before Parliament rises next month.