Jeremy Hunt’s plan to cut numbers of long-term sick people: lie about it

Attacking the sick (possibly): Jeremy Hunt.

Is this the latest Tory attack on people with long-term illnesses?

According to the Mirror, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is planning to pressurise GPs into refusing to sign people off work with long-term illnesses, even if they are too physically ill to perform any work at all.

This would mean he is planning to starve them to death.

They would still have to try to claim Universal Credit, but would be unable to show that they deserved it because they could not provide medical evidence of inability to work. Therefore they would receive nothing.

Attempting to work would simply worsen their condition and may also drive them to an early death.

Of course, anybody who finds it odd that a former Health Secretary would want to send UK citizens to their deaths simply hasn’t been paying attention for the last 13 years.

You can read the Mirror piece by clicking on the link here:

I’m interested in the responses from experts…

It has sparked alarm, with Dr Deepti Gurdasani, epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University, posting on Twitter: “Yeah, this’ll really help because long COVID and chronic illness responds so well to being forced to push through and work long hours regardless of how ill one feels…”

Let’s hope that the UK’s GPs still have a shred of decency about them and remember that they have a duty to do nothing to harm people who present as patients.

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5 thoughts on “Jeremy Hunt’s plan to cut numbers of long-term sick people: lie about it

  1. Grey Swans

    Admin Grey Swans had an article published in the Financial Times Adviser against this push for people from age 50, who are ‘economically inactive’ ie out of work, to return work.

    Part of my article is this 1950s ladies knowledge gained between us all:

    Ian Stewart, Deloitte’s chief economist in UK is … an idiot. The actuaries will tell him that there has been a massive reduction in people alive, aged in their 50s and 60s, with the high increase of early death of women (half the population) in that age group.

    1m women are out of work from 50 with severe menopause.


    Increases in age at which state pension becomes payable, is merely the social murder as defined by Engels of the poor, near poor and just managing, and especially women, and has nothing to do with key workers staying in work.

    We stayed in work from 50 to 55 (having lost early works pension age since 2010) and we stayed in work from 60 to 66 (2014 til now) and the economy was destroyed by other factors.

    575,000 people retiring from 50, a mere 2 per cent of the workforce, is nowhere near the death rate of women aged in our 50s and 60s from women’s pension age rise and the pandemic (not permitted to shield by age in our 60s by government policies, agreed by Labour).

    Also people are not retiring by choice in lower paid jobs, but being made redundant more after lockdown than other age groups and age discrimination in new job recruitment means they have not a hope in hell of getting a new job from age 50, never mind 60.

    Jeremy Hunt is a politician and so his focus on older, skilled workers, is hogwash, as usual.

    Blair and Brown did this with the destruction of the final salary pension and all the attacks on the state pension, in the last Labour government.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      This isn’t just about people in their 50s, though. It’s about anyone with a long-term illness.

      Still, thanks for your observations.

  2. Paul

    Not just oppressing the sick, but undermining the NHS. How many doctors would be willing to continue working in the NHS if their duty to patients is compromised in this way?

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