Fit For Work? National Roll-Out Begins.

A New Place Of Exile

Yesterday, the DWP began their phased, national roll-out of Fit For Work – that is, work capability assessments for people in employment, who need to take sick-leave. What it essentially amounts to is a service which puts people under pressure to return to work even when they are ill. As the DWP’s Guidance states:

“There are 2 elements:

  • an advice service providing health and work advice through a website and a telephone line
  • a referral service providing an occupational health assessment and a return to work plan for employees who have been off sick from work, or are likely to be off sick from work, for 4 weeks or more”

So, the fabled hardworking taxpayers – who put their health before their employers’ interests – will now be subject to the same mechanism which allows the government to bypass medical evidence, when depriving severely ill/disabled  people of incapacity benefits. Health…

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