It’s not easy when the press don’t seem to be listening and everywhere we look, as sick and disabled people, we’re labelled scroungers. The latest headlines screamed “29% people found fit for work when moved from Incapacity Benefit to Employment and Support Allowance”, despite the DWP being forced to admit that those same figures will change radically when people’s appeals are heard, and in all probability almost half of those pronounced fit for work will be found to be anything but.
Every day we see the despair and fear of the brown envelope arriving, but who is listening, fighting our corner?
Until yesterday, other than a few notable broadsheet journalists and MP’s, I’d have said no-one.
Then a ray of light fell into my inbox: the Scottish Conference of GP’s has passed a resolution that:
- the inadequate computer-based assessments that are used have little regard to the nature or complexity of the needs of long term sick and disabled persons;
- the WCA should end with immediate effect and be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society.
This is another step forward! GP’s are standing up for us. Thanks to the Black Triangle Campaign for getting it on the agenda and thanks to the GP’s for telling it like it is!
Dr Stephen Carty, who works as a GP in the Leith area of Edinburgh and who is an active member of the campaign, said:
“I welcome the support of the Scottish LMC conference on this matter.
“This sends a ray of hope to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society.
“It also sends a clear message to other representative bodies including the General Medical Council (GMC) of the significant concerns shared by many GP’s across the country.”
“Alone we whisper together we shout.” How true a mantra, so often said but did you really believe it?
It takes one tiny snowball to begin an avalanche; we are still at the snowball stage but it just got a whole lot bigger!
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