Benefits office advice: Get GPs to sign you off sick – even when you're not ill
NHS, GPs, civil servants, Government... all clearly not fit for purpose
By Jasmine Birtles
AS THE cost of living bites it seems that civil servants in benefits offices are advising people to get their GPs to sign them off sick.
One GP with 30 years’ experience, who wishes to remain anonymous, told News Uncut: ‘It’s very difficult for doctors considering the morality of it. Everybody’s stressed at the moment, of course they are. But where does it end?
“So many people will run into money problems and it’s going to become more and more of an issue. I’m really fed up with the benefits office who are telling them to do this – it’s immoral.”
Already we have a rapidly shrinking workforce with so many over-50s having stopped work since lockdowns. According to the Office for National Statistics, three quarters of adults aged 50 to 59 say they left their previous job sooner than expected.
The doctor said: “Let’s face it, it’s human nature not to work if you don’t have to and there are a lot of people now, including many of my patients, who don’t see why they should work if they don’t have to.
“The majority of Long Covid cases are a joke”
“Covid massively exacerbated this. People think, ‘why should I work?’. It’s all on their terms now. They plead Long Covid too but the vast majority of Long Covid cases are a joke.
“It’s like ME back in the 90s – people need an excuse not to work. Most people could just work through the symptoms but the media gives them an excuse to make a big deal out of it and not work.
“Of course, many people can’t work in a manual job if they’re genuinely poorly. There are record numbers of people deteriorating on NHS waiting lists so that is making the situation worse.
“Some want to work but they’re at a tipping point because the bills are so high that it’s no longer to their advantage and they can’t afford to work. We mustn’t make it so that it’s better for people not to work.”
She points out that all of this is putting massive pressure on doctors, saying: “They can’t in all conscience sign people off just because they’re better off sick, but many are. If a doctor has morals and refuses to sign them off when they’re not actually unwell, the patients are outraged.”
At the same time she says for those who are genuinely ill there is little help from the medical system. “I have never seen the NHS in such a bad state,” she adds “I cannot get hospital appointments for patients. Patients themselves cannot get them. They’re just told they’ll have to ring again in a few months. It’s a terrible situation.”