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General practice could ask for funding from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure patients go back to work quickly, a top NHS England official has suggested.

Professor Keith Willett, national director for acute episodes of care, said the NHS could ask the DWP for money to enable GPs to get people back to work quicker.

Addressing the annual conference of the out-of-hours provider body Urgent Health UK, Professor Willetts said getting a patient in to see a GP quickly and issued with a return to work certificate could save the government two weeks of benefits payments.

‘So, in the same way as health has given social care the Better Care Fund, and said "come and help us out", we could, arguably, go to work and pensions and say, "excuse me, we can get them to go back to work seven days quicker. Can we have some of your money to be able to do that?".'

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+1 #6 Kate 2014-11-20 17:02
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Hopefully doctors won't want anything to do with this. The BMA wants the WCA scrapped, so let's hope they stand their ground.

I wholeheartedly agree
+2 #5 IsaacDavid 2014-11-20 14:41
I saw a GP a few years ago after being referred to a hospital consultant for my condition, but she was more interested in whether the consultant had thought me capable of work than in the facts of the condition itself. GPs are not immune from prejudices just because they are medically qualified.
-1 #4 Ron 2014-11-19 16:46
GPs work for the government it's always been this way
+9 #3 tintack 2014-11-11 23:45
They've already managed to bribe some disability charities into colluding with them, now they're trying to do the same with GPs. It's standard procedure with this lot: try to intimidate any opposition into silence, and if that doesn't do the trick, flash some cash at them instead.

It raises an interesting question though: the total lack of accountability in the sickness and disability benefits system is well known; no-one is held accountable even when someone dies. That's not the case in the NHS though. So what would happen if a doctor forced someone back to work too early in order to get extra funding and adverse consequences were the result?

Hopefully doctors won't want anything to do with this. The BMA wants the WCA scrapped, so let's hope they stand their ground.
+4 #2 Just Me 2014-11-11 18:10
Disgusting idea imo. More greedy sods feeding off the bones of the sick.

Is there anything that this lot won't try and make money out of??
+9 #1 Bill 2014-11-11 16:13
Am I missing something here?

Isnt the GP supposed to focus on the problems of the patient rather than thinking, how quickly can I get this person back to work, how much can I save the government, and how much can I earn my Practice by doing so.

Have I misunderstood something here or am I simply dreaming that I am reading and writing this ?!?!

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