HomeBlog“A Lethal Misreckoning” : Black Triangle Campaign’s Response To Dr Alan McDevitt Chair BMA Scotland’s General Practice Committee’s Pulse Article
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  • HomerJS August 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I can appreciate where Dr McDevitt is coming from, and agree with his criticisms of a flawed system. However there is one key flaw in his argument, one that is made by many people. This is not a choice about people being on benefits or working. Many people would benefit from the right ‘paid’ work, but that is not what is on offer. It is about agencies considering people fit for work, either now or in the near future, and pushing them to ‘look for work’. It is employers though that determine if someone gets a job and they are the true determinants of whether a person is ‘fit for work’. A more honest question would be “is this person fit to look for work?”

  • JJ August 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Ken Trevett writes:

    This is not the point, the point is GPS know their patients and can give a detailed description and a recommendation to DWP whereas ATOS don’t know people’s complex disabilities or frame of mind.

  • AlanPeanut August 20, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Dr McDevitt comes across as wanting to wash his hands of a certain kind of patient. Work will set you free m’dear.

  • David Calvert August 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Exactly! The patients GP is the only one who can give a detailed description and a recommendation to DWP. Unfortunately what disabled and long term sick are left with is ridiculous so called medical reports based on an ATOS functionality assessment telling the DWP complete none medical facts like what newspaper you read and calling a serial sevens test a test for a mental disease and what adds insult to injury is a totally incompetent tribunal that fails to take into account the medical history of the patient, and guess what a DLA tribunal that looks at medical fact then dismisses it because it is over four years old. Do the idiots not understand that some of us have life long health conditions and if we all went pestering our GP’s to confirm a health condition that will never go away we would quite literally block all GP’s appointments list (this is already happening in quite a few surgeries) and place an unbelievable strain on the NHS. Whilst we have a government that persist to squander the country’s resources whilst defending and its already failing reforms it would appear we are doomed? Or are we?

  • anon August 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    If the rogue insurance company UNUM Provident had not set its sights on hijacking the British Welfare State, WOULD THERE EVER HAVE BEEN A WCA?

    A standard sicknote with a couple of boxes for GPs to specify the length of time a patient is expected to be incapacitated, and whether their condition should be regarded as permanent – is all the DWP decision maker should need to determine entitlement to a time-limited vs. an indefinite award, and whether or not the award should be means-tested.

    Apart from the involvement of UNUM, the most feasible reason for the government’s obsession with the massively expensive collection of intimate data on the sick, is as part of a eugenics agenda which urgently needs to be exposed and challenged.

    • David Calvert August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I certainly agree, “A standard sicknote with a couple of boxes for GPs to specify the length of time a patient is expected to be incapacitated, and whether their condition should be regarded as permanent – is all the DWP decision maker should need to determine entitlement to a time-limited vs. an indefinite award, and whether or not the award should be means-tested.”

      As for the government obsession with the massively expensive collection of intimate data on the sick as part of a eugenics agenda, what other reason would there be. Firstly we are asked about our illness or disability then we are told there is nothing wrong with us, then we are subjected to poverty and deprivation until we become even more ill and die, by the way the end of life wards at the local hospital are choc-a-block at the moment, stress induced cancers (research CORTISOL, stress and cancer then draw your own conclusions) Coincidental?

  • GEOFF REYNOLDS August 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Atos examiner who passed a lie detector test?

    No, and i bet no fucker else did either……………

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