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Government trying to push sick people back to work

People off sick for more than four weeks could face a fitness-to-work test undertaken by a private company. The Welfare Minister Lord Freud said the scheme would help to cut the cost of sick pay and benefits

Story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2959460/Fitness-tests-combat-culture-sicknotes-Britons-four-weeks-face-assessment-fit-work.html#ixzz3SeTA8odj

Reaction from Dr Louise Irvine:

"The very fact that the Welfare Minister is saying the scheme should help cut the cost of sick pay and benefits sets alarm bells ringing. Referring sick people to a private company that will assess their ability to work and draw up a plan for their return sounds suspiciously like a way of pushing sick people back into work with the threat of curtailing their sick pay. It sounds suspiciously like a repeat of the ATOS scandal."

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