Now the Conservative government does not trust our GPs to do their job properly? The job they have trained for?
The government is now telling us that GPs do not have the time to make in-depth medical assessments of patients, but they have time to be accountants and run the budget for virtually the entire NHS?
The government is now telling us that GPs do not have the training to make in-depth *MEDICAL* assessments, but apparently *UNTRAINED* assessors like Atos are?
They say this will save a £1 billion in working days for PRIVATE employers. But how much will it cost us the taxpayers? We will be footing the bill for all these referral boards with different specialists sitting on them that will have to spring up the length and breadth of this country in order to judge if someone is sick enough to require long term sickness? For the amount of long term sick there will have to be hundreds of these "referral units". Four weeks isn't even long enough to have surgery and be declared fit enough to return to work. How dare they undermine GPs like this? How dare they interfere in the doctor patient relationship?
So much for Cameron's small government and less interference from the state! (More lies of course) Subjecting those with terminal or chronic illnesses to even more distress, upset and stress and strain, how is this going to help? This is yet another ill thought out policy proposal it is not thought through will prove to be totally unworkable and totally impracticable, not to mention inhumane.
Where do we insert the word "crazy" in the Conservative party?
Where are all these jobs that are suddenly going to appear for sick people to do? Will the government step in to say these people cannot be sacked when they take time off because they are too ill to work? Or take time off for hospital, doctor or physio appointments?
When are the Liberal Democrats going to come to their senses and walk away from this hideous government? Or will this be yet another time they all stamp their feet hurl a few insults and empty threats about and then meekly follow the government into their lobby when voting this bill through parliament?