A number of GPs are billing disabled people up to £130 for medical proof; so that they can appeal the Work Capability Assessments and, other GPs are declining to assist at all.
Atos are saying that 45 per cent of people with life long disabling illness or incapacities will get better and, must search for work.
Try telling that to the 358,000 people recorded as blind or partially sighted in the UK, or the 1.87 million people in the UK with sight deprivation that has a notable effect on their day to day lives.
There are over 11 million people with a limiting long term illness, handicap or disability in Great Britain. 11.6 million of the UK’s residents is under 16 years of age and, there are 770,000 disabled children under the age of 16 in the UK, that is the equivalent to 1 child in 20.
There is a considerably higher proportion of people who live in families with disabled members who live in poverty, compared to people who live in families where one is not disabled.
Atos are saying that a disabled person will probably become healthier and, will consequently be able to go out to work, so how will that affect someone who is blind, deaf, physically disabled, a paraplegic or an amputee?
What does Atos now think that they’re Jesus and, they can alleviate the blind?
Maybe Atos will pass through your town and, they will tell you that your faith will heal you!
Maybe Atos will pass through your town and, they will put their hands upon you and, put their fingers into your ears and, spit at you and, touch your tongue and hey presto you can hear and speak!
However, will Atos be able to heal the physically disabled, a paraplegic or an amputee? They appear to believe that people can make themselves better and, that they will get well again and, perhaps in time Atos will be capable of cloning an amputee’s arm or leg so that they can walk once more, or be capable of feeding themselves.
However, at this point over a quarter of disabled people often don’t have a choice or self control over their day to day lives and, disabled people are three times more likely not to hold qualifications compared to non disabled people.
19.2 per cent of working age disabled people don’t hold any formal qualifications, liken to 6.5 per cent of working age non disabled people and, disabled people are notably more likely to undergo unfair behaviour toward them at work than non disabled people.
It makes me wonder what carrot the government are dangling in front of GPs as a motivation to stop giving out medical confirmation to patients that nearly all of these GP’s and hospital consultants diagnosed in the first place.
All doctors carry a ‘Members Code of Conduct’ and, when taking on decisions they must only be in terms of the public’s interest and, they should not do so in order to obtain money or alternative material advantage for themselves, their family, or their friends.
Holders of public office should not set themselves under any financial or other obligations to outside persons or organisations that may affect them in the carrying out of their authorised responsibilities.
Holders of public office are responsible for their decisions and actions to the public and should submit themselves to whatever examination is suitable to their office.
GPs should not be requesting for any type of remittance for appeals concerning the Work Capability Assessments because the GPs and consultants are the ones that determined them with an illness or disability in the first place. It’s all but as good as saying, “Well, I amputated your leg, but sorry we’ll not give you anything for the pain”.
If they diagnosed an illness or disability, then it’s the GP’s responsibility to take proper care of that sick patient, whether it be a diagnosis or a taking away of a body part. They still have a duty to take care of their patient beyond that point and, taking care by means of in person or by writing a letter so that they’re not put under any stress because of that disability, illness or amputation.
A disability, illness or amputation will not decrease because Atos claims it will, in fact it will be expanded more if that person is placed under considerable stress, particularly if their money is restricted and, they’re not able to do things without it, that were able to do with it.
You can shackle a person and, put a restraint on their money, but when it stops them functioning altogether, they have no tomorrow to look forward to, so consequently the single building block that the government are looking for in people is execution.
To kill its poverty-stricken inhabitants, comprising the disabled, the middle classes and in the end the elderly, until there is no one left but the crème de la crème, the sediment of society will no longer prevail.