An amazing article taking the part of those on sickness benefit against the unspeakably callous Atos assessment system.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/artic ... -work.html
But the comments, oh the comments...
Ridiculous. Stop moaning about it, get a letter from your professors at Guy's and appeal. That's what most people would do rather than running to a national newspaper. OK, it will take some work, but what else do you have to do all day? - Berty, Oxford, 30/4/2012 17:15
To a man with rodent ulcers on his legs and life-threatening blood clots who was told he was fit for work...
Why cant he work in a call centre or something similar? May not be what he wants to do but he can work where he is sat down in a warm office Get off your backside and stop playing for the sympathy vote!!!!!
- monkeyboy, Sheffield
Over half the people I sign off for long term work, CAN GO TO WORK! Maybe not in a heavy manual job, but yes they can pick up a phone, yes they can do all sorts of jobs. Its just that they don't WANT TO. Thats the benefit culture this country has created and the reason why I left the country for Australia. And if I stated the obvious to the patients in questions, well I would be getting complaint after complaint, therefore most GPs just sign people off, as its the easiest thing to do, most GP's won't admit it. Personally I don't think your GP should be involved in anyway shape or form in signing you off. It should be an independent, who would have no connection with you which would mean there is no obligation to give the patient what he wants for fear of reprisal. The country is being ruined by lazy, council house, multiple children with different fathers, feckless chavs-and most people know it.
- GP in Australia, Berkshire
Though these are among the worst rated.
Poor man, those legs look terrible. I don't mind my taxes supporting him while he travels to London, and that must be an expense for which I doubt he gets any help if he is like the lady I worked with. I would rather he was off work and put his energy into recovering from this awful situation. He has obviously worked hard in the past and I think this is why we pay our NI - to get help when we need it. Hope you can get the support you need James and make a speedy recovery.
- maggie, uk
I wonder if the Mail is trolling its own readership here.