[Note: Since I put this up, a media friend has been in contact to point out that the Evolve Politics story is from last year. Somebody had put it on my feed without drawing attention to the date, so I was misled. Curiously, this story has gone on to be the most-read of the day (September 4, 2017). Make of that what you will!

My friend has since pointed out: “STILL no lessons have been learned by the DWP.

“This ridiculous ‘letters to doctors’ practice still goes on today. It must stop….It’s wrong and immoral, and it’s also coinciding with the United Nations investigation.

“Yet in the period of that investigation, a man dies, after a letter is sent by the DWP asking the GP not to issue any further sick notes! Of course, it doesn’t apply if the DWP find a person fit to work, does it? And that’s to say it then doesn’t matter how seriously ill a person is!”

Good points.]

Reports in Scottish newspaper The Daily Record and tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror make for both tragic and, sadly, all-too-familiar reading today.

Declared fit for work under the DWP’s hated Work Capability Assessment scheme, James Harrison repeatedly asked his GP to issue a ‘fit note’ declaring him unfit to work. Despite repeated appointments (and as many refusals), his GP consistently declined to issue one.

He suffered from a serious lung condition, depression, anxiety and a hernia.

Harrison became steadily more convinced that the DWP had been in contact with his GP to stop ‘fit notes’ being issued to him, a claim that even his daughter Abbie didn’t at first believe.

Until she saw the letter from the DWP office in Bootle stating exactly that.

Source: Seriously ill man dies after the DWP wrote to his GP telling them not to issue sick notes | Evolve Politics

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