Are you working hard enough? Are you sure? What if you get sick, or have an accident? Are you prepared to go to work anyway, even if you don’t think it would be good for your health? What if your doctor and boss agree you could do something other than your usual job instead of malingering at home? Like making cups of tea all day, or cleaning the bogs, or any form of work your empoyer can dream up to force you not to take time off. Because that is now the chilling reality as the DWP attempts to inject Iain Duncan Smith’s warped ideology into the NHS.
Last week the DWP issued patronising new guidance to GPs on when they should issue a Fit Note. Doctors are warned of the dangers of ‘worklessness’ and told they must consider “the vital role that work can play in your patient’s health”.
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